Just to be clear we are "talking turkey" candidate for the White House Presidential Turkey pardon. The presentation of the National Thanksgiving turkey takes us back to the Ulysses S. Grant era in the late 1800's. Turkey has been gracing the table since before America was America. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush began the official presidential pardon of the turkey and ever since, this bipartisan tradition has continued. The honor of presenting the National Thanksgiving Turkey goes to the chairman of the National Turkey Federation. In Ohio, we know a thing or two about turkeys, as we raise 219 million pounds of turkey each year, that is 9th in the Nation in turkey production. This year’s chairman is Gary Cooper, an owner of Cooper Farms, a family-owned farm in western Ohio. The Cooper family has been raising an extra special flock of turkeys since the beginning of July. Two of their turkeys will make the trek to our Nation’s Capital. For more details on how the turkeys were raised read this article in Ohio's Country Journal.
Much like the Presidential Turkey is a tradition to the White House it also begins a tradition for the Cooper family. This will be their second run at raising the turkey for our President and his family. Gary's brother was also Chairman of the National Turkey Federation back when President Clinton was in office.
|Meet Tom the Turkey.|
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1 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried savory
1 gallon ice water
3. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator overnight on rest in a cooler full of ice.
4. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
5. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge. Stuff the inside of the turkey with wedges of onion, celery, carrots and garlic and a lemon. It adds a fantastic flavor. Brush the turkey with melted butter and bake at 325*
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