Out of the Blue

There was some drama this week with the realization that our turkey baster did not survive past last Thanksgiving, and we had failed to secure a replacement in the intervening year. This timely recollection struck Thursday morning, leading to a bit of a panic for me, since my only role in the creation of dinner (besides the Chex Mix) is as the minister of crispy skin (there is debate about the efficacy of basting, but we have our traditions here). Sure enough, the local supermarket was closed for the holiday, leading me to the meager cooking aisles in our two local pharmacies. One had a display for the holiday, but no basters. The other didn't even have the token display, but the woman who worked there cleverly produced a fairly large needle-less syringe which cost all of two dollars. This served admirably in its role as a substitute baster, which makes sense, as there is a tendency to refer to these things as turkey basters even when used as intended in the world of medicine. I even avoided making any insemination jokes along the way, as the process was about good flavor, not bad taste.

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Gangsters Escape.
Media: Haunting Drone Flight Through Remains of Chernobyl.
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Nov 29, 2014, 10:25
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Nov 29, 2014, 10:25
 
hahahaha blue your puns are the best. like your chilli i'm sure, rich and complex and more than a little spicy =D
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Nov 29, 2014, 10:39
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Nov 29, 2014, 10:39
 
Re: King of lumber Jacks. Tree felling in close quarters.

It is always strange to see something pop up here that I feel I saw several months ago. I guess it doesn't officially exist until it gets sifted.

Regarding the Chernobyl drone, I expected to see inside the plant itself.
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Nov 29, 2014, 11:47
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Nov 29, 2014, 11:47
 
So strange. Our baster didn't survive either but my wife taped it together. That's right, she taped it together! It cracked from one end to the other. I laughed when she showed it to me. She freaked out a little when she discovered it. You and her share the same birthday too. Makes me wonder about this reality when I see such similar 'coincidences'.

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Nov 29, 2014, 13:00
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Nov 29, 2014, 13:00
 
Alton says basting is a no go as you lose heat in the oven, which means the bird cooks longer and dries out more. I disagree - so long as you actually remove the bird from the oven and leave the door shut. I'm definitely in the pro-baste camp. I'm also pro-tent cooking for all manner of fowl. I much prefer cooking at lower temps and finishing at higher. Same with all my roasts now. 200 degrees for X hours and finish off under the broiler for about 5-7 minutes.
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Nov 29, 2014, 13:25
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Basting doesn't actually help in any way, the liquid you are "basting with" evaporates quickly. It certainly doesn't get absorbed into any meat, increasing any amount of juciness along the way. The only wayt o keep your bird juicy is to never go over your target temperatures (150F for white meat, 175F for dark meat).

Basting is a definite no go if you want crispy skin.

Kenji has all of the required and physically functional methods of turkey cooking laid out at SeriousEats... Spatchcock, sans roasting pan... flipping... none of these methods involve any basting at all.
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Nov 29, 2014, 13:51
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Nov 29, 2014, 13:51
 
Not sure if anyone is interested, but South Park: Stick of Truth is on sale on steam for 66% off ($13.49 US). I've been waiting to buy it for a LONG time.

Next I just have to get Wasteland 2 under 15$ and I'll be happy. :-P
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Nov 29, 2014, 16:33
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Nov 29, 2014, 16:33
 
Will W wrote on Nov 29, 2014, 13:51:
Not sure if anyone is interested, but South Park: Stick of Truth is on sale on steam for 66% off ($13.49 US). I've been waiting to buy it for a LONG time.

Next I just have to get Wasteland 2 under 15$ and I'll be happy. :-P

SPSoT is totes worth it at $20 and under. I'm a huge SP fan however so I was laughing all the way through it.
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Nov 29, 2014, 20:53
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Nov 29, 2014, 20:53
 
You can also check out Alton Brown's Thanksgiving turkey...I've been using his method for a few years now and it's always very good. HE gets the skin crispy by starting at 500 for 30 then down to 350 for the remainder.
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Nov 30, 2014, 19:59
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Yeah, the title is completely misleading because the footage is NOT from Chernobyl, but from the nearby town of Pripyat. It's a good video, but disappointing due to not actually being near or inside the Chernobyl facility.
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