Sunday, October 10, 2010

GAHHHHHH!!! The Giblets!!!

Norman Rockwell's Couple Uncrating Turkey (1921)
Copyright © 1921 The Literay Digest and Funk & Wagnalls Company

I was cooking up a storm for Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey. Check.
Ham. Check.
Stuffing. Check.
Sweet potatoes. Check.
Corn. Check.
Mashed potatoes, veggie tray, salad, cranberry sauce, biscuits/rolls, fruit tray, apple pie, pumpkin pie. Check, check, check, check, check, check, check!

Hubby walks into the kitchen.

Hubby: Ummm...Did you take the giblets out of the turkey?
Me: Yeah. I'm using them to make the gravy.
Hubby: Those aren't giblets.
Me: WHAT!?!?!?
Hubby: Yeah. That's the neck. Giblets look more like intestines, gizzard, liver, and other visceral organs.
Me: OMG! OMG! OMG! (sheer panic, as there would be about 30 dinner guests in attendance)
Hubby: You cleaned the bird and checked inside the cavity, right? The giblets usually come in a plastic bag stuffed inside the cavity.

I started freaking out. To be honest, this is the SECOND turkey I have EVER cooked. I've only hosted Thanksgiving dinner once before. I was vegetarian for most of my Thanksgivings in the past (and now I'm married to a beef farmer)!

Hubby opened up the oven, took out the piping hot bird. Checked it. Nope. No giblets in there.


Now, the question is...What happened to the giblets? And, will I have Thanksgiving dinner done in time for us to get our annual family portraits done by PhotoCaptiva AND take our out of town guests sightseeing at the Bridal Veil Falls? Gahhhh!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian family and friends! What are you thankful for today?


Christine said...

I did the exact same thing with my first turkey.
Enjoy your holiday!

Anonymous said...

Yes, the question of the missing giblets. In the past I have had a few turkeys that have been missing these important parts. I have felt cheated and wanting to know; what happened to them. Did someone get two giblet packages; are they staring at their turkey wondering if it is some kind of freak of nature.
The giblets are so important if you want to make the perfect gravy. I am happy to report that my turkey came with all his parts. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Cindy said...

Some of the plastic packaging on the birds actually say "without giblets".

I did the opposite on my first bird years ago when I was cooking at the group home. I assumed there weren't any (I didn't buy it, someone else did, and had it out of the package thawing in the fridge).

Just so you know, the plastic packaging of the giblets did NOT melt while the bird was cooking!!

Jackie said...

totally fine to cook the giblets and everything else in the plastic bag in the turkey.... not saying you should do it,,, but if it happened.......

Jane said...

I have only ever helped making a turkey, so when the time comes for me to make one on my own, I am sure there will be plenty of mistakes to be made! I was laughing at the thought of your hubby taking the turkey out while it was piping hot!! I just love your stories, C! :) Hope it ended up being a successful dinner; I have no doubt it was!

Me said...

i did that once too. I swear i took them out but when my family came over someone pulled them out! totally okay to eat the bird anyway.

caninecologne said...

hey, at least you've made turkey! i have not once made it, in 15 years of marriage, not once. but maybe this year i will. it's just that my mom makes it so much better than me! :) and i'm lazy too. ha ha.

Barbara said...

Happy Thanksgiving C! Funny story. Reminds me of some cooking mishaps in my childhood home.....


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