He’s handsome. Hard to tell exactly how much he weighs under all those feathers, right? Especially when he puffs up like toms always do. There’s a good reason why we didn’t butcher earlier. I didn’t have freezer space. The irony of it is the longer I waited, the more freezer space I needed. Anyway, I got another freezer, shifted things around and went to work butchering. About 4 weeks beyond what’s recommended.
We used an metal garbage can for blanching. No pot big enough around here!
Everyone helped with the work. It looks big but at this point we haven’t weighed it yet. And there’s nothing to gauge the size by. Let me see if it fits in the roaster…
Nope!! It weighed 38 lbs.! I had to use the bathroom scale.
The females weren’t as big, ranging from 21 to 27 lbs. Still big! Note to self: butcher early! 😀
I cut it up and froze it separately. A challenge in itself, as you can imagine, but there was no way it would fit in my oven whole. That’s pretty obvious in the picture, huh? One boneless breast weighed 7 lbs. 😯
So, tell me, have you ever seen a turkey this big?