Monday, November 23, 2009

Tips on How To Cook A Turkey, from Mrs. Woo's 3rd graders

We're opening our place to those who aren't able to go home this Thanksgiving. It's quite exciting as it'll be my first time hosting for a holiday. I'm even ambitious enough to cook a turkey for the first time!

For a variety of educational reasons I give my students an assignment titled How To Cook A Turkey around Thanksgiving time, in which they list the ingredients that they would need and then the directions to cooking the bird. It's fun to read what they come up with, and a very fortunate protocol that most home oven temperatures starts at 325oF. Read on to see why...

Student #1:
Heres how to cook a turkey.
First put the raw turkey in a oven 80oF and watie 5 minutes
next stuff the turkey.
third put the turkey on a plate.
Fainally cut the turkey
Mmmm you can eat the turkey now.

Student #2:

...Put the time 97oF. Then step away and don't touch the oven or you'll get burned!... 
Point taken - Set the correct temperature so that the FDA does not come knocking on our door.

Student #3: 
How to cook a juicy turckey. First you get a turckey. Next you make some sauce. Then put in sugar in the sauce and pore it on the turkey. Next you put on flour. Then you put it in the oven for 10oC and cook it for 2 and a half hours. While it's still cooking you get a platter and put lettus on the platter to make it look pretty. Then you get the tukey on the patter, but be careful. Last, but not least, put on a little bit of pepper on the tukey. Thats how you make a juicy turkey.  

Student #4: 
...Sixth put baisil on the plater around The turkey. Seventh put the rosemary on top of the turkey...

Point taken - Make it pretty and fragrant.

Student #5:
It is time to cook a turkey! First put ketcup and salt on the turkey. Then put peper and onion. Next put the turkey in the oven and time it to 369oF 2 hours. Finaly, get A cup of water. Have fun making more turkeys.

Student #6:

It is fun to make a turkey. First you put flour on the turky. Next you put powder. Then you put cream. Next you put ketchup. Then you put soy sause. Next you put it in the oven. You need to put it in the oven for 30 mins. Then you put some vechtables on the top of the turky. Next you eat it!

Student #7:

firs get a Pot! Next get boiling water. (!30)(mins) Then put the turkey in! finally cut it with a knife! last but not least set the table! HAVE FUN!

Point taken - It'll be fun. (But I am
not making more than one!) 

Student #8:
It is easy to cook a turkey. First, set the temperature of the oven to 363oF and then stuff the turkey with the mashed potatoes and put it in the oven and set the timer for 6 hours. Next, wait until it's done. Then, spread extra virgin olive oil on it. After that, spread the alfredo sauce on the bread. Next, put the bread around the turkey. Then, put the gravy on the remaining mashed potatoes. Finally, eat it. If you put all your effort into cooking it then it will taste very good.

Student #9:

It is easy to make a turkey. First I get one turkey and cut of its head and pluck its feathers on hot. Next, I put it in the oven over 5 minutes and put them on for 2 minutes on medium. Then I get salad, and mushrooms. Then, I get a tasty drink of lemonade which is cool. Next, I get some plates, forks, knives, and caps. Finally, I have a wonderful time with friends.

Point taken - It'll be gross, wonderful, and easy. Note to self: "put all [my] effort into cooking it."

Psh, well I guess I have nothing to worry about. This is a road never personally traveled, so it's a big adventure for me. I'll keep you posted on what happens on Thursday.

What's the best tip you've received in cooking for the holidays?


Hannah said...

oooooo my aunt lays strips of bacon on the turkey instead of basting it periodically with butter and the like. the bacon fat keeps the turkey moist and juicy... pLUS the bacon is really crispy and yummy. we never really put it in anything, but I can imagine it tasting really good in stuffing or something? :D

Pastor James said...

Go with the turkey's advice and make prime rib instead. God bless!

dan tsai said...

this is what the cow has to say about that:

I said "I will" to Mr. Woo! said...

@Hannah - I'm sure the guys would like the extra fat!
@James - Someone's bringing ribs!
@Dan - No!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! :)