Gobble, Gobble! It's turkey month

June 11, 2009 4:47:15 AM PDT
Chances are, your turkey month is November. Thanksgiving is when most people dine on the traditional American bird. The producers of turkey cannot wait that long. Production is high in June. Here is the word, on the bird.

From families like yours to the troops overseas, to astronauts in space, just about everybody eats turkey for Thanksgiving. [Notes:NASA

You probably wouldn't want that meal in summery weather. Yet June - not November- is Turkey Month.

Professional cooks and butchers know: At any meal, turkey can perform like other meats, maybe better.

Some people call Godshall's Poultry in Reading Terminal Market "The Turkey Store." Sure they have whole birds, but they also have any piece you'd like, plus burger, hot dogs, sausage, and some really creative cuts. Dean Frankenfield of Godshall's Poultry said, "Turkey fillets, turkey chops... We have 'em all year long."

We asked the market's Anna Florio to "do" turkey. In minutes, she came up with a turkey hash for breakfast, and sautéed turkey marsala.

If there's a downside to turkey, it's a minor one. You need to be careful cooking any low-fat meat. "The problem with turkey that people experience and they say, 'I don't like turkey,' is generally that they overcook it."

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