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Disaster Kitchen: I haven't even started cooking yet!


-Buy tiny turkey. Examine fridge, figure that there doesn't appear to be enough space to set a turkey in there to thaw and not enough time to cook it tonight anyway. Put turkey in freezer figuring on thawing and cooking it tomorrow.

-Get distracted putting away groceries and doing other things. Have vague recollection of turkeys taking days to thaw in the bathtub when growing up. Think this one probably won't take that long since it's small, but figure I should get an idea of the time anyway. Pull turkey out of freezer to read thawing instructions. Do math and discover that even this small turkey will take about 30 hours to thaw in a fridge. Boggle. Figure there must be a faster way I can thaw it tomorrow....

-Go boot up computer and Google "thawing turkey". Poke around for a while for something that doesn't involve ice water immersion or cramming an entire turkey into a microwave. Get on Youtube looking at turkey videos. Get sidetracked on Youtube. Find self watching a video of a guy playing QWOP badly. Go 'wait, what am I doing? I was doing something else...'

-Check Google News. Quietly cheer for Idaho and North Carolina. Find self reading an article about guy trading a piece of real estate for an iPhone 6. Go 'wait, what am I doing? I was doing something else...'

-Check Livejournal Friends list. Leave comments, respond to comments. Check other regular internet checking locations. Find self doing same three site loop waiting for something to change. Go 'wait, what am I doing? I was doing something else...'

-Check charge level on recharging phone. Play audio segments of "The Walk" that I didn't get a chance to listen to while walking. Lament that New Character is a pale imitation of Old Character who is gone for spoilery reasons. Snicker at current ludicrous plot situation. Call NPC character a dumbass. Google to find out what the heck a 'peperami' is when it's mentioned by a character. Go 'wait, what am I doing? I was doing something else...'

-Open email. Get stressed about work again. Close email, determined to get mind off work. Start watching Mission Impossible 3 (which I haven't seen before and consider brain-numbing explodey-fluff) at 1.25 speed (because I have other things I really should be doing and if I'm not taking notes for a reaction post the only noticeable difference to me is it takes less time to watch. Just numbing brain now, so speed goes up). Marvel at how much Simon Pegg has changed since the movie was filmed. Call nearly all of the primary characters idiots at one point or another for tactical stupidity. Go 'ooo!' at the cool exploding things. Make sympathetic noises at characters who are obviously doomed cannon fodder. Become rather impressed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman's performance, and half-way through the movie recall he died somewhat recently. Look up news articles about him. Go 'wait, what am I doing? I was doing something else...'

-Go back to watching movie. Something nagging. Note that a red wine stain on a character's white shirt looks nothing like a real red wine stain or anything related to a grape. Think about grapes. Think about grapes in the fridge. Think about the fridge not having enough space to thaw the turkey in.

-Go 'Wait... What did I do with that turkey?'

-Go into kitchen. Find turkey still on counter nearly two hours later. Turkey has a barely perceptible amount of give to the surface and otherwise appears mostly still frozen. Recall big huge cautions in turkey thawing info online about bacteria. Quickly re-Tetris the contents of the fridge, find a cake pan that barely extends beyond turkey for turkey to thaw in, wedge turkey into fridge and shut door firmly.

-Note grapes wouldn't fit back in fridge. Eat grapes.

-NEXT: Wait about 28 hours, then cook the hell out of the turkey. (Which means I'll start cooking it at abouuut... 1 AM Sunday. Urk.)

TLDR; If I get salmonella, blame Google and Ethan Hunt.

Oh, and I also forgot to put the laundry in the dryer. Terrific.

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borgmama1of5 From: borgmama1of5 Date: October 11th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
May your turkey experience be better than this:

My daughter's first Thanksgiving after getting married, she invited the whole family to Nashville. Sitting around the kitchen the night before the big dinner, it was discovered she and her husband hadn't realized the turkey needed major defrosting time...

Internet suggestion--put turkey in sink, fill with hot water, keep refilling when water cools. She puts turkey in sink, starts water...

We are in living room when someone notices water on kitchen floor--we distracted her and she forgot to turn off running water...

4 am turkey is defrosted, she puts it back in fridge...

Morning--put turkey in oven--in a short while oven starts smoking, whole house is filled with smoke...turns out something had spilled in oven and was burning...

Take out fancy dishes to wash before setting table...kitchen sink drain is clogged, can only wash 2 plates before having to wait 20 minutes for it to drain...

At this point we all said WTH and had martinis...

(Dinner did turn out delicious, when we finally got to it...)
astrothsknot From: astrothsknot Date: October 11th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
that was hilarious. Have enough martinins and you won't need the turkey
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 11th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. At least I'm not trying to cook this thing for an event, just as dinner plus cooked meat to go in packs in the freezer for many many meals later.
samalander_dawn From: samalander_dawn Date: October 11th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Google has a lot to answer for, every day *nods* :D
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 11th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh indeed.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: October 11th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well eventually there will be turkey in spades. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was brilliant, yes indeed.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 12th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Eventually. It's still thawing I think, but I'm about to try and tackle it, so watch out for explosions.

PSH is one of those 'oh him!' guys I don't consciously recognize right off, but he is indeed awesome. I went on a bit of a Renner binge after that though and need to track down the Bourne with him in. I'm really looking forward to MI:5 now too whenever it comes out.
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: October 14th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


Sorry I wasn't able to share this with you in time.

1. Go to grocery store or butcher shop 1 week in advance of Turkey Cooking Day.

2. Ask Manager/Butcher to order Fresh Turkey in desired weight,& arrange day turkey may be picked up - hopefully no more than a day before Turkey Cooking Day.

3. Make room in refrigerator for turkey before picking up turkey (Okay to wait until Turkey Pickup Day).

4. Pick up turkey which isn't frozen to begin with and costs the same as the frozen turkeys but does not have any of the problems or headaches associated with defrosting turkeys or trying to figure out if timing needs adjusting because turkey isn't fully defrosted.

5. Wonder why anyone buys turkeys frozen as it is not worth the hassle when nice people at grocery store/butcher shop are happy to order you a fresh turkey at no additional cost. (Unless you are planning to bowl with turkey at which point being frozen is a must).
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


Well, the main reason I buy frozen turkey is that those are the ones that go on sale for 99 cents a pound. While your method does work wonders, around here it costs about three times as much as frozen and would be entirely contrary to the purpose of buying a cheap turkey. ;-)

Also I'm just cooking it as meat, not as an event dinner involving schedules and other people, so there isn't as huge a stress on timing. This one finished cooking at around 11pm the following day and went mostly back into the freezer.
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