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#6035713 - 11/17/15 06:27 PM skin or pluck?
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I have always skinned them to avoid plucking. DO you think leaving the skin on gives it a better/moist taste? if so, whats the best way to pluck them?
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#6035880 - 11/17/15 07:30 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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That's what I've heard, preferred is to pluck them leaving skin on. Keeps them moister..

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#6036364 - 11/17/15 11:22 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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Big pot of boiling water. Submerge the turkey in the boiling water. It will help in loosening the feathers. Much easier to remove the feathers this way.


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#6036430 - 11/18/15 04:49 AM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
allterrain Offline
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I pull the breast out, cut it into strips then make chicken fried breast strips. It is amazing.
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#6037283 - 11/18/15 01:06 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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If I am going to smoke a wild turkey then it is plucked, otherwise fillet the breast, pull the legs and thighs and skin them for potpie or other dishes and get those nice pieces off the back, that gets most of the meat off and doesn't take nearly as much room in the freezer and vacuum packs nicely.
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#6037286 - 11/18/15 01:07 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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For plucking a turkey the old tried and true scald with hot water then pluck seems to work best
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#6037306 - 11/18/15 01:23 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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I only pluck them when im dippin them in peanut oil
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#6038475 - 11/19/15 08:13 AM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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Originally Posted By: magspa
I have always skinned them to avoid plucking. DO you think leaving the skin on gives it a better/moist taste? if so, whats the best way to pluck them?


Skin it, and filet the breasts - Wrapping in bacon & smoking gives a 'better/BEST taste'!

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#6040818 - 11/20/15 01:38 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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Skin it.
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#6041077 - 11/20/15 04:31 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
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We always plucked ours, with two people it went pretty quickly. We tried the scalding method but it didn't seem to work very well and you ended up plucking a wet bird with feathers sticking to everything.

However, after reading the suggestions above about skinning/boning, I may try one that route in the future. After 25 years we've finally got enough again to hunt.
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#6041349 - 11/20/15 08:11 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
NMGW Offline
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Skin it if your gonna chicken fry, pick it if your gonna bake or deep fry "whole bird" keeps it moister. food
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#6041377 - 11/20/15 08:36 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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Fillet the breast and leave the rest.

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#6043406 - 11/22/15 01:55 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Fillet the breast and leave the rest.


This. Batter and chicken fry = yum yum!

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#6044190 - 11/22/15 08:23 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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I always skin my turkeys
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#6045511 - 11/23/15 02:13 PM Re: skin or pluck? [Re: magspa]
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Loc: Ellis County, TX
always just breast it out.

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