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Nov 22 / Jamie

Happy Thanksgiving from Terrabyte Farm

Happy Thanksgiving

We had an almost perfect Thanksgiving.  The only thing that was missing was some of our family who weren’t able to make it this year.   Today  it was just the five of us and my parents.  Normally we have a bigger crowd, but work and life kept us apart.  Hopefully next year, we can all be together.  We still had so many things to be thankful for, most importantly, the incredible food that we raised here on the farm this year.

We butchered one of our five turkeys earlier this week.  It was a standard bronze hen and she weighed in at 13lbs.  Not bad!

Butchering our turkey
Here is Mike scalding the turkey after it had been killed (we cut the jugular and let it bleed out fully before removing the head).
Butchering our turkey
After it was scalded, we plucked it and then Jamie did the gutting and trimming,
Turkey
We brine our turkeys over night, then put them is a roasting pan with celery, carrots, and onion.  In the over at 425F for 15 minutes and then we slow roast it at 325F until the thigh hits 175F.  I think this was the best turkey we have ever done.  It was so moist and flavorful.
Veggies for the meal
These are veggies from the garden; kale, turnips and celeriac, potatoes, and squash. They look kind of rough now, but one they are ppeled and trimmed, they look lovely.
Prepping the veggies
Veggies being prepped.
Prepped veggies
Kale for smoothies, root crops to be mashed, and squash for roasting.
Making rolls
Prepping the rolls.
Turkey
The turkey was divine.
Our feast
Our amazing feast.
Thanksgiving Meal
A lovely meal.
Trimmings for the animals
We took trimmings out to the animals once we finished our meal.  It was an amazing fall day.
Pumpkin pie

 Pumpkin pie for dessert.  The pumpkins were from the garden and the crusts were made with lard from our pigs.

All in all it was a lovely, stress free day.  Our meal was finished and everything was cleaned up by 1pm.  We enjoyed a movie with the kids and then a late afternoon walk.  Wishing all of you a wonderful day of good food, good company, and many things to be thankful for.

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    Jenny / Nov 23 2012

    oh my gosh…were you raised on a farm jamie? im a city girl, and could n*e*v*e*r cut up a bird like you can! must be a very tasty, rewarding meal coming all from your own work! looks like it was lovely day there too! happy day to you.

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