Today was the perfect day. Today are national presidential elections. That means no workers, no visitors.
So, last week I arranged for procurement to buy me a nice, big, healthy bird from Busia (VOE didn't have any ready to sell). The bird arrived on Tuesday. Dennis was very excited.
Then on Wednesday I asked Alfred to kill and clean it.
So, now it was my turn.
I had to wash it and bake it first.
I decided to weigh it.
I must admit that the head unnerved me slightly.
I washed the portions. They smelled like charred meat. They singe the bird over a fire to "make it nice".
Then I put in the roasting pan with onions and carrots and baked it.
I was left with the problem of the innards and turkey head. I boiled the innards and feet for Simba.
After the bird was baked, I deboned and shredded it. I got 9 cups of meat!
I then took the bones and pressured them with water, onions, garlic and salt to make my stock.
Then, I packed my jars with meat and stock. Then I pressured them for 75 minutes.
Finally, out came 13 half pint jars of turkey!
Woo hoo! I am playing the 24 hour waiting game now, to see that all of the jars sealed. We will see!
Now, you are probably wondering what I will use the turkey for. Here goes in my best "Bubba" voice from Forest Gump:
Turkey pot pie
Turkey noodle soup
Turkey. . .