Turkey Plucking A La New Hampshire

People nowadays rarely have the opportunity to “pluck a turkey.”

In my youth I plucked several chickens, and I can guess the process is similar to that of a turkey. Would you know where to start?  Do you know how to slaughter the bird, pluck the feathers, then clean and store the poultry properly?

Well, the Remick Farm Museum in Tamworth, New Hampshire is willing to help take the mystery out of “turkey processing” for you, just in time for Thanksgiving. This unique workshop will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007 from 10 AM to 12 noon.  The cost is $15 per person, and pre-registration is required.  The registration DEADLINE is November 1, 2007. Call the museum at 800-686-6117 or 603-323-7591.

Attendees should wear work clothes and gloves.  Young people 16 years of age and older are welcome with a participating adult.

Perhaps you are a turkey hunter who’d like to know how to “dress a turkey” (which is a strange way to put it, since you seem to be undressing it), or someone who wants to know how they “did it in the old days.”

And, by the way, according to the Guiness Book of World Records,The fastest time to pluck three turkeys is 11 min 30.16 sec and was achieved by Paul Kelly (United Kingdom) of Kelly Turkey Farms, at Little Claydon Farm, Essex, United Kingdom, on 13 November 2008.


P.S. Photograph courtesy of the Remick Museum.

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