Kids weigh in how to cook a turkey

Published 5:25pm Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Although cooking your turkey for one million hours and cutting it into a zillion pieces may seem a little excessive, for some area children this step is crucial in the process of how to make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

More than 100 children submitted their recipes, which are published in Thursday’s edition of the Times-Journal, and though they may not yield the same results as a Paula Deen or Rachael Ray cuisine, they will surely bring a smile and maybe even a laugh.

A few of these recipes call for the normal ingredients, but it is also important that you add an ounce of precaution if trying out any of these recipes.

For Cal Youngblood, fourth grader at Morgan Academy, preparing the perfect Thanksgiving turkey goes beyond simply purchasing one at a local grocery store.

“First shoot the turkey. Then clean the turkey,” Youngblood suggests. “Be nice to my dad and ask my dad to cook. Eat the turkey, watch football and play football.”

Curtis Maton, fourth grader at Byrd Elementary, envisions his perfect turkey being large and full of love.

“The greatest Thanksgiving turkey should weigh a zillion pounds,” Maton wrote. “It is made with sauce, ketchup and lots of love. The turkey is cooked at a million degrees with seasoning salt. It is served with barbeque and broccoli and cut into a thousand pieces.”

For other children, like Marleigh Green, fourth grader at Morgan Academy, every part of the turkey can be put to good use—even the feathers.

After finding and killing a turkey Green recommends to “cook the turkey and leave the feathers on the turkey. After it’s cooked you have to go set it on the table. Then everyone gets a feather to wear.”

And most important of all, don’t forget to take some time and relax with loved ones and enjoy your perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

In the words of Kaniyah Watts, third-grader at Knox Elementary, “Finally you pray two times then you sit at the table. When you sit at the table we eat the food. The end.”

So although most families will probably stick to their secret family recipe passed down from a great, great aunt, remember to ask the youngest guest at the table what their idea of the perfect Thanksgiving turkey is. Their answer may surprise you.

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