I left work early today so that I could start in on the makings of tomorrows Thanksgiving meal. The birds finished their brine and now all that's left is to build the Turducken.
Chicken post brine
Duck post brine
Turkey post brine
Now it was time to stuff. I placed a plastic cover on the table top. I removed the stuffing I prepared last night from the refrigerator. I pulled out the skewers, cooking twine and spiral poultry needle I just purchased from Surfas. Ready to build the holiday centerpiece.
The sewing up process was a bit harder than I anticipated. Skewers didn't work, so I just tried some old fashioned sewing with the twine. This side won't show during presentation.
The breast side presentation is a little off but that shouldn't impact the final product. My next decision is when do I start the cooking process. My family usually expects an early afternoon dinner. With an approximate 9 hour cook time at 225 degrees to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, that would require me to have the Turducken in the oven by 5:00am. My other choice is to place it in the oven around midnight allowing me to get some sleep plus allowing extra time just in case I don't get to 165 degrees in 9 hours. Such decisions.