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Old Dec 9th 2019, 9:03 am
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Whilst a good idea in principal, nah. Did it a few years ago and I can't abide luke warm food. None of them will be able to produce the volume at the same time for people to collect, it'll all be sat overnight or for hours in the morning drying out and ending up worse than just doing it yourself.
The potatoes will be shit as they don't travel well. Let's be honest, the only thing anyone enjoys is the potatoes.
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Morning,

On the interwebs I can find many delivery / collection offers for cooked turkeys for Christmas. Having done this previously and not rated that highly, we're going to be cooking out own bird this year. Even though there's two of us on the big day, we'll be buffet bashing for days off it so happy to get a good size one.

Question is - any recommendations for a turkey ordering shop / supplier? I don't really want to get a frozen one, which knocks Kibsons out I think.

Big thanks in advance.
Interested to hear any brining tips as I'm also doing this for the first time this year (bird's from Springbok Butchers, by the way).
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Interested to hear any brining tips as I'm also doing this for the first time this year (bird's from Springbok Butchers, by the way).
I'm following these guys. I've used other brining recipes from them and its worked really well.

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-brine-a-turkey-225751
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I’ve got a feeling that “it’s a bit salty” will be the new “it’s a bit dry”.
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You've basically described 99% of peoples Xmas dinners right there !!
Very true, but I'm hoping to be a 1%er.

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The potatoes will be shit as they don't travel well. Let's be honest, the only thing anyone enjoys is the potatoes.
Exactly. Previously when we ordered everything it was all lovely and presented nicely and tasted pretty good but needed to microwave the ****ing lot which doesn't do a proper roastie any good.

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Interested to hear any brining tips as I'm also doing this for the first time this year (bird's from Springbok Butchers, by the way).
I'll share what I find when the internetting and research starts. Thatnks for Springbok - it's on the list.
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The potatoes will be shit as they don't travel well. Let's be honest, the only thing anyone enjoys is the potatoes.
Potatoes are good but roasted parsnips, sprouts and sauasages wrapped in bacon are my faves! oh and my homemade gravy
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Potatoes are good but roasted parsnips, sprouts and sauasages wrapped in bacon are my faves! oh and my homemade gravy
Pigs in helmets is the one reason I'm willing to sit down for Christmas lunch.
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The potatoes will be shit as they don't travel well. Let's be honest, the only thing anyone enjoys is the potatoes.
I can walk to pick it up , logistics and timing imperative !
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My turkey for next Saturday just got delivered. Standard American decent quality. 9.8 kg for AED105. Thats way cheaper than anything I've seen in Spinneys etc.

I ordered some chicken breasts (didn't state quantity) but I received almost 4.5kgs for aed80. Individual chickens (1.2kg) for 12 bucks each. I think I may be using this site quite a lot !!!

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My turkey for next Saturday just got delivered. Standard American decent quality. 9.8 kg for AED105. Thats way cheaper than anything I've seen in Spinneys etc.

I ordered some chicken breasts (didn't state quantity) but I received almost 4.5kgs for aed80. Individual chickens (1.2kg) for 12 bucks each. I think I may be using this site quite a lot !!!

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is there any protein in those chicken breasts or all pumped full of water?
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is there any protein in those chicken breasts or all pumped full of water?
They arrived frozen, but there's a couple in the fridge for dinner tomorrow. I'll let you know
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Went to Park'n'Shop in the end, we were out that way and ordered a 4-5kg bird and a 3kg hot ham. Pickup on 23rd, can't blimmin wait.

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try Mike the British butcher in Mudon. He has a FB page and does pork etc. He may also be getting turkeys in and also https://carnistore.com/turkey/ the latter has a contact number and Mike has a FB page you can message him on
Went up there at the weekend, no turkeys and have to collect. Not too convenient for us unfortunately.
Bought a sausage roll and some bangers though - flippin' delicious. I understand the fanbase now.

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Interested to hear any brining tips as I'm also doing this for the first time this year (bird's from Springbok Butchers, by the way).
Research has started.
Main concern for me is keeping it cool. Luckily we have a large fridge but I've also seen ideas of turning the bottom veggie drawer into a brining drawer with a brining bag. Can't find any locally on Amazon but will have a look around and see what I find. If not, maybe a deep washing up tub will do the job.
I'm avoiding the American one-woman/man-band sites for recipes and heading towards the BBC type sites for ideas and inspiration. There are several but listed below are a few that look simple enough:
BBC general guide, simple recipe
BBC recipe, more ingredients

I've seen options that include bagging it and putting in a coolbox. I'm yet to appreciate the timing for brining yet, so need to have a read focused on that as well. I'm assuming a day or so, in which case I think I'd rather fridge it than have to faff with cool box and ice bags.

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Update on the ElFab Turkey.

we had our early family dinner on Saturday, and maybe it was the Chef, but it was honestly the most moist and tasty turkey I’ve ever had.

@Millhouse. I chopped some of the chicken in to a one pot wonder curry and they were perfectly fine. Didn’t at all really, but I missed having skin to add body to the sauce.
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