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Old 09-16-2010, 02:13 PM
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Default How does Wild Turkey taste?

New to the hunting game and hopefully I will get the chance to kill a turkey this coming fall.
Do the wild turkeys taste anything like the butterballs you get in the supermarket?
Is it gamey?

Thanks for the info.

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Old 09-16-2010, 02:33 PM
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I don't think they taste anything like a store bought bird. I have found them to gamier and tougher. On that note, I just grind everything up and make 5-10lbs of turkey jerky
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:29 PM
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Default They taste similar in my opinion.

They do taste similar and only a little "gamier". After all, they are wild animals running around all day; not force fed, non-athletic birds like you get in supermarket.

My best description is that they taste similar to storebought, but are a heartier texture, and the breast meat is more like a steak consistency, more muscular.

In other words they have taste to them, they are not bland.
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Been eating them yearly for about 15 yrs now. I agree with dargentieri. We find them to be drier and not as juicy. I usually just de bone them now and make a bunch of turkey cutlets out of them.
So much you can do with them....roast them...grill them...deep fry them...or make turkey jerkey out of them too!
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Turkey London Broil. Marinate over nite in Frig Just dont over cook. easier said then done.

Cut against the grain (as always) and REAL Thin
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:04 PM
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New to the hunting game and hopefully I will get the chance to kill a turkey this coming fall.
Do the wild turkeys taste anything like the butterballs you get in the supermarket?
Is it gamey?

Thanks for the info.

Joe

The first one you skin and lay on it's back you are going to say "wheres the breasts" they are sunken and do not look anything like a store bought. What I do is slice each breast in half,long ways then soak them in newmans vinargarette salad dressing and slap em on the bbq. eat them right away freezing does take away from it. good luck. Oh yeah the legs are a lot of work
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:27 AM
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Well, I like to make my own marinade with butter, some Cajun Spice and Bourbon. You reduce the butter in a sauce pan, add your spice and bourbon. Add a bit of crushed garlic. Reduce the marinade for about 5 mins.

Inject into the breast and legs, changing position and the location of the needle throughout. Get an oven bag, place the injected, skinned turkey in that. Cut up two tart green apples. Stuff the bird with those. Add one cup of water to the bag and one cup of white wine or Dry Vermouth. Cook as prescribed on bag directions. They usually have seperate times for wild birds.

The apples take away most of the gamey ness, but you still know you are having a wild bird. The marinade adds just a bit of flavor. Done it for years and have never had a dry turkey this way. OH and so what I like to COOK! It aint like I do Knitting or something.

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.OH and so what I like to COOK!
Russ thank you for the recipe it does sound yummy and something im going to try in the future and also there is nothing wrong with a man that cooks. Its hot.
But yes the key is to marinade it helps with the gameyness and dryness.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:08 PM
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Awesome stuff guys, thanks for the replies.
I'll keep you posted
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Old 09-24-2010, 06:42 AM
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there is nothing wrong with a man that cooks. Its hot.

Well Mshoyt, It would also help if I was hot, but in the words of Toby Keith, "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was!"
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Well I have found the same as above with reguards to texture and flavor. I use the thighs and legs for sausage and I use the breasts for turkey pot pie cut into small pieces or I freeze the breasts and slice them to make turkey cheese steaks. I like cheese steaks and I like chicken cheese steaks, so I thought one season, what about a wild turkey cheese steak? OH man, it's the balm!!!!! P.S. I picked up my permit Saturday for this fall.
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Tasty:d:d
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:39 PM
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I dont believe there is a noticeable difference between wild and domestic. However there is a pretty big difference between a young bird compared to a old one.(naturally)

My favorite recipe by far is to breast out the bird and cut into strips.
egg and panko bread crumbs. and fry to perfection!!! Dont forget a few of your favorite dipping sauces and some cold beer.(fries and slaw on the side)

the legs have a lot of tendons in them I prefer to bake these, and pull the meat off for some turkey salad sandwiches. (again cold beer)
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first night I had wild turkey it was kinda rough, I kept having to wash it down with a beer. After a couple shots maybe it was smoother, or the beer was helping. The next morning I had a killer hangover and stomach was shot.

Wild Turkey has got me On the run
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:57 PM
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first night I had wild turkey it was kinda rough, I kept having to wash it down with a beer. After a couple shots maybe it was smoother, or the beer was helping. The next morning I had a killer hangover and stomach was shot.

Wild Turkey has got me On the run

I have had the same results with Wild Turkey......stuffing and cranberry sauce before hand will help with the hangover.
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