Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we’re already dreaming of turkey dinners with all the trimmings. In honor of that glorious food-filled holiday we’ve gathered six bits of Turkey Day Trivia. Share them with your family and tickle your funny bones while you wait to break the wish bone together!
1.Turkey versus Bald Eagle
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin wanted to use a turkey instead of the Bald Eagle as America’s national emblem? He adored the turkey, saying in a letter to his daughter “For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attach a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”
2. Bounce Your Berries
Thanksgiving isn’t complete without cranberry sauce, but do you know how to tell if a cranberry is ripe? These berries are actually filled with small air pockets, so to check their ripeness simply bounce them on a counter. You might feel strange playing with your food in the store, but a ripe cranberry will have a lovely red (not pink) color and should bounce off of the counter by about four inches. Any berries that don’t bounce should be put back, as they’re most likely past their prime.
3. Flip Your Bird
Looking for an easy way to get a turkey that’s more moist and flavorful inside this year? While cooking your bird, flip it breast side down for the first hour, then place it right side up and continue following your favorite roasting recipe. This method helps the juices accumulate inside the breast of the turkey while cooking, leading to a delicious dinner for all!
4. Interstellar Turkeys
Americans love turkey so much we even took it to space! In 1968 the Apollo 8 mission, the second manned space mission, was launched. On Christmas Eve, the astronauts opened their meal packages and found a TV dinner consisting of turkey, cranberry sauce, and gravy.
5. Too Many Leftovers
Speaking of TV dinners, have you ever wondered how they got their start? As it turns out, we have turkeys to thank for that as well! In 1954, the Swanson company found itself with too many frozen turkeys left over after the holidays. Needing to get rid of this excess, they created the first TV dinner- and completely changed the American diet. The meal, consisting of turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas and sweet potatoes, was an instant hit.
6. The Crabby Coast
While most families in the United States will sit down to a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, thousands along the West coast will be having something a little different. November 1st kicks off Dungeness crab season, which has led to a Thanksgiving tradition of crab meat taking the place of a turkey. What a delicious difference!
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