Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Free Turkey!

November 7, 2012

Free is the magic word, isn’t it? But like anything else, nothing is really free.

For the past several years I have not paid for my Thanksgiving turkey. Even though I have been running for a bit, I have not tried my luck at running out the supermarket with a turkey tucked into my arm and juking past security guards. Every year, several supermarkets in NY have deals where if you spend a minimum amount in an allotted time, you can get a free turkey. I’m sure other supermarkets outside of NY do this as well.

This year, if I spend $400 at the store, I can get a free ham or turkey. However, as soon as I saw this ad in the local circular, I immediately saw that the minimum spending limit was upped by $100. For several years now, the minimum was $300 and my jaw practically dropped when I saw the change, but I immediately knew why the price changed. It was because of the drought in several key areas around the U.S. The ruined crops raised the prices of all kinds of food. Believe me, my wallet has been crying all year. Crying with noises. Also, there are less supermarkets offering the deal, which means giving away the turkey has become a burden. That truly is a damn shame.

Of course, a proper business strategy is to be as inclusive as possible. This supermarket, Shoprite, has included substitutions for the turkey if that’s not your thing (heaven’s forbid).

They have chicken, ham, lasagna, or tofurkey. I’m not sure why someone would change the turkey for lasagna. Even Garfield ate turkey on Thanksgiving.

See. No lasagna.

I’m not sure if I’m going to get a turkey for free this year because I don’t think  I’m going to spend $400 in this store. I break up my shopping between Shoprite and the Pathmark, which is a few blocks away. I actually save tons of money doing this and I can get a turkey for half off at the Pathmark. Still, Shoprite does have good deals and they have the Can Can sale with the catchy tune on their commercial. That’s a big plus in my book.

It’s a shame that they upped the minimum spending limit because shopping at the store and then earning a turkey basically has become tradition. It’s almost like leveling up in a videogame and then reaping the rewards. It’s okay though. I like saving money even more.

EDIT: I found out today that because of Hurricane Sandy, Shoprite has lowered the spending minimum from $400 to $300 to ease the pain of New Yorkers, and probably New Jersey residents. I guess I will probably end up getting my free turkey. Nice!

Fried Turkey.

November 5, 2012

Fried turkey has become popular in the media because of the foolishness of people who can’t follow directions and start fires. I have never had fried turkey before but I have heard of it many times on T.V. It does look pretty good and I do like fried chicken cutlets so I’m assuming I would enjoy this as well.

Probably the biggest reason why I never fried a turkey is because I currently live in an apartment. It is way too dangerous to try something like that indoors. However, if I ever wanted to commit arson,  I could play dumb and fry a turkey at someone else’s place (well, not anymore).

There are a lot of factors that are involved when frying a big turkey and I know I’ll forget something and burn down New York City. Fortunately, you can order a fried turkey and avoid the danger that comes with cooking it yourself. You can watch the video below and see what is involved. The guy fries a turkey while tailgating at a football stadium. I didn’t know you could do that. The turkey sharing requests must be a nightmare.

The danger with frying is the greasy oil hitting the open flame at the bottom. The oil can completely explode in flames and adding water to douse the flames only makes the fire worse. The trick is to make sure there isn’t too much oil in the pot so that it doesn’t overflow and touch the flames. .

That fire danger does make good video clips though. I have seen warnings about turkey grease fires on the news every November and they’ll usually have a fireman show what could happen if handled wrong. The video below is an example of what could go wrong and it stars William Shatner. Yeah, go figure. But if a major fire doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, maybe a Starfleet captain would.

I’ve also included videos showing a living room set go up in flames and a basketball hoop lighting up just to show how high the flames can go. Can there ever be enough videos with food explosions?

Watching these videos tempt me to get a frying kit just to purposely set it on fire. I remember when the Mentos and diet soda videos became big and I tried it out myself outside. When I dropped the candy into the soda, the fizz went as high as three stories. It was very much more impressive in person than watching it on YouTube and my cousin who wasn’t expecting such an significant effect immediately bought me more supplies to try it again. That’s why I think trying the turkey fryer fire would be incredible to watch. It really is dangerous though so I would really have to think about it. I do like having eyebrows.

But in all seriousness, if you do decide to fry a turkey, please be careful. Thanksgiving is a day of celebration and it would not be fun to have Thanksgiving dinner outside while your house is burnt to a crisp. The food would get cold.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

Holy crap, I made it. I really thought I was gonna quit this countdown halfway through, especially with the hectic schedule that I have now. Heck, I have to turn in a 4000 word paper six days from today on Utilitarianism and Information Technology and all I did so far was just get links together. Truly, I think I was able to finish the month because I wrote some of the articles in September and October.

Also, about halfway through, I started wondering if this countdown was an over saturation of Thanksgiving. Was this too much Thanksgiving? It’s hard for me to tell because that’s all you think about when working on daily posts about one subject. It was hard work, but I’m sad it’s over. If anything, the countdown let me celebrate one of my most favorite holidays and I feel like I gave it props while everyone else is roasting chestnuts and counting down the days till Christmas.

The daily posting also got me used to writing all the time. I’m not too worried about writing that Philosophy paper I mentioned above and I will probably post more regularly than ever. Maybe I can learn to schedule better than writing at 3am Thanksgiving morning.

I can’t help it though. I’ve been busy all day and I will be busy the whole day on Thanksgiving. I’ll be leaving my home at 2pm with my family to visit the in-laws in Montclair, NJ. It’s about 45 minutes from where I’m at but you know how the traffic will be.

Well, might as well break out the baked macaroni.

It’s possible that we could arrive at our destination at 4pm, which is when guests are expected. Then there’s a chance that we could be there up to five hours, just BS’ing and whatever, and it also depends on how much I drink and how long I have to wait until I’m under the limit.

It’s funny though because my wife and I are used to making our own Thanksgiving dinner. We get a free turkey at the local supermarket cause we spend enough money there in October and November to reach the smallest amount required for the turkey deal. So, we’re going to the in-laws today and then we’re cooking our own meal on Friday. It may sound crazy to some, but that’s what we’ve done the last few years and it’s totally worth it. Not one, but two Thanksgivings. Sweet.

If they didn’t have those turkey sales, I would probably be inclined to buy a crossbow and stalk my neighborhood streets for some birds. No, I’m not looking for pidgins. My neighborhood happens to have wild turkeys running around. They’re mostly by the nearby hospital, but they wander off. I’ve seen then right on my block several times.

Pic taken with my phone.

They can be a real pest too. They get in front of traffic and stand there like a turkey in headlights. You can’t just kill them either. You would need a hunting license (which the city won’t give) to catch them. It wouldn’t matter if you were starving or anything like that.

I don’t hate the birds. They’re kinda cool to see, especially if they’re walking with their babies. The problem is that no one curbs their reproducing. There can be a lot of them at times. Some dude got arrested for trapping some even though they kept damaging his property. That blows.

The authorities should take at least some of the turkeys for food. There are a lot of broke families in New York City who may not have a proper Thanksgiving. Imagine that. No turkey or stuffing while everyone else is eating it (mostly). I’ve always had a Thanksgiving and not having one must be the worst. This is one of the reasons why I always check out food charities around this time of year. It may seem silly to some, but I think it’s terrible not to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving because you can’t, not because you won’t. There are charities everywhere and there’s one in NYC called FeedingNYC. These people wake up early to get to the packing area at 6am on Thanksgiving to set up boxes of food to deliver around the city.

These people are hardcore. They work 13 hours on Thanksgiving for free and finish at 7pm. Although it is a nice gesture, I doubt I’ll do that. But you could always give to their cause or to a similar local food charity. Help give others something to be thankful for.

I’m a busy person on Thanksgiving, but I know there are others who don’t do anything on the holiday cause they have nothing to do. It’s widely known that suicides rise during the holidays. If I had no one, I would volunteer to help deliver food on Thanksgiving because helping others is a good feeling and they all seem like cool people.

One last point; I hit a milestone recently during the countdown. November 13th was the second anniversary of this blog here. I was so busy with many things that I forgot to acknowledge the date. I didn’t really have anything planned and truthfully, I didn’t post that many updates. Still, I believe my writing has improved ten fold since I started this, and I wanted to give tributes to certain subjects along the way (which I have).

As of this point, I don’t see any reason to end the blog. I don’t have a large amount of readers but I get at least over 30 views a post. That means at least a few people find what I write interesting. Another weird thing I didn’t expect was the emotional attachment for the blog that slowly grew over time. Even if no one was reading this, I would miss doing this and would probably be upset. I probably would get better at Call of Duty, but I think there’s more freedom writing to my blog.

So, this is the end to the Thanksgiving countdown. I don’t know if I’ll do it again next year cause it can be hard to find a month’s worth of things to write about for one holiday. I’ll let the comments decide for me. Let me know if the countdown was Good, Meh, or “don’t quit your day job.”

I had fun.

Happy Thanksgiving. Eat up and be safe.