How To Cook A Turkey

November 24, 2011 by staff 

How To Cook A Turkey, Each year at this time several area schools offer to have some of their students write on how they think the turkey should be prepared for Thanksgiving Day. Here are some of those, and readers can find others inside the News-Star with some more photos of the students.
Sara Bliss, a first grade student in Mrs. Alyssa Cabaniss’ class at Bethel, says, “First, you put the turkey on a cookie pan. Second, you cook it on 47205 degrees.. Third, you leave it in the oven for 10 seconds. Then you eat it!”
Another first grader at Bethel, in Mrs. Bishop’s class, John Allred, offers “I will shoot my turkey in the woods. I will pick off all the feathers. I will bake him in some water for 48 minutes on boiling. I will take him out of the water and put him in the oven for 18 minutes. Then I will eat him with some spices, some bologna and some ham. I will cut off the turkey’s leg and eat it like a chicken leg.”
Sam Mick, also a first grader in Mrs. Bishop’s class, tells us where his family will get the turkey first. “I will get my turkey at the Dollar Store. He will cost 5 dollars. I will put him in the oven for 6 minutes on 75 degrees. Then I will take the feathers off and eat him. I like him with mashed potatoes.”
Alisha in Mrs. Gettle’s kindergarten class at Pleasant Grove also has a longer explanation. “Put the turkey in a pan, cut its feathers off. Add white and orange cheese. Add a cup of white and brown butter. Add some food sauce and sprinkles. Put peas, carrots, corn and potatoes in the pan with the turkey. Add jelly, the purple kind, add a cup of milk, more cheese, two more cups of milk, five cups of salt, and pink jelly. Throw the turkey in a bigger pan. Add pink and chocolate milk. Put fries in with the turkey. Cook it at 1 degree for 5 minutes. Take it out of the oven, put more milk, cheese, and salt on it. Then pour your turkey on a plate and eat your turkey pie. It’s yummy.”
Ember Smith is a first grade student of Mrs. Thompson’s class at Bethel Elementary. He offers a thoughtful perspective of what the family will do just before they eat the turkey. “Go buy turkey at the store. Go home and put the turkey in a pan. Wash it and put ingredients on it. Put it in oven for 20 minutes at 30 degrees. Wait for it to cool. We will say a prayer and we all get by table. Then we eat it. My dogs and cats can eat the bones.”
Prayer is also important at Jaxson Mathews’ home. He is also a first grader in Mrs. Thompson’s class.
“Go to the store and buy a turkey. Put stuffing in it. Put ingredients from the cookbook. Get it ready and put in oven for 10 minutes at 100 degrees. Put turkey on a big plate. Cut everybody a piece of it and then we would eat. Say our Thanksgiving prayer.
Gage in Mrs. Gettle’s kindergarten class at Pleasant Grove School in Shawnee fesses up on his lack of knowledge. “I don’t know. You never told me how to make one. I’m sure when I get older I’ll know how.”
Manuel is also in Mrs. Gettle’s class and talks about how to get the turkey. “First you have to run and catch the turkey. But they are really fast, faster than a chicken. But I am faster. You have to stop in front of the turkey to catch it. Then you take it home and chop it up. You have to cut all the feathers off. Then you put it in the oven and cook it. It is done at probably 10:30.”
Danney in Mrs. Jones’ kindergarten class at Pleasant Grove, offers “Go buy it from a store. Then, we take it out of the sack then, we put it in the oven for 50 minutes then, we take it out and we eat it!”
One Bethel student in Mrs. Swafford’s kindergarten class, Brooklyn Duff, advises one part of the turkey to not eat.
“Kill a turkey. Don’t eat the eyeballs. Put it in a pan with all the good stuff. Let it get hot. Turn it off. Put in on a plate. Get a fork and a napkin. Eat it.”
A kindergartner in Mrs. Tatum’s kindergarten at Bethel School, Montana Benge, tells us about dad’s involvement in the Thanksgiving meal.
“First you hunt it, you skin it. You have to cut it to cook it. Then you cook it in the oven for regular 20. And set it on the table for breakfast. That’s all the ideas I have but the father helps to cook. You get it on the table for dinner and the father makes tea. He’s hungry and says, “Let’s eat.”
One of Mrs. Kern’s kindergarten class student at Bethel, Bray Bussell, thinks “First, you take all of the gross stuff out, and then you cook it, then you take the bones out, and then you eat it.”
Campbell Freed, also in Mrs. Kern’s class, has a different take on it. It’s Hard!! Why would I know how to cook a turkey,”? he asks.
Luke Drew, in Kerry Ingersoll’s kindergarten class at Bethel, says “I would go out and shoot a turkey with a gun with my Grand-pa Joe. I would go home and pick his feathers off then I would put ketchup on it and cook it. I would cook it for 5 minutes at 5 degrees. Then we eat it.”
Two more of Ms. Ingersoll’s students also have their ideas on cooking the Thanksgiving bird.
Hunter Roberson tells us “first you cut the hair off the turkey then you put seasoning on it, wrap it in foil and stick it on the grill for about 1,500 minutes! Then you take it out and cut it and eat it yum, yum, yum!”
Keelie Cullum has a really good idea too, and a different perspective where to buy the turkey. “Go to Grand-ma’s house because she cooks the turkey. She gets her turkey at Lowe’s. She puts salt on it and she puts pepper on it, then she cooks it for 6 minutes on 5 degrees. Then we eat it, grand-ma makes good turkey.”

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