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Turkey in the Hole

Turkey in the Hole

Wildflowers from the woods perched between our two Big Berkey water filters along with our daughter's teapot from Kazakhstan

I was privileged to write a guest post for The Shady Porch about baking a turkey off the grid.  It’s fun to do even if you are not off the grid.  I promise I will return soon for that post about our visit to Full Circle Farm, where they milk grass-fed Jersey/Devon cows and dairy goats.  Till then, I hope you enjoy this post about how we made the best turkey ever for last year’s Thanksgiving feast.

A Thanksgiving turkey has not necessarily been our tradition since we avoid antibiotic, hormone, and GMO laden foods. But last year someone blessed us with a frozen organic bird which really was asking to be Thanksgiving dinner for us. Since turkey baking requires around three hours and lots of fuel, we decided to try “Turkey-in-the-Hole.”

If you want instant turkey, don’t try this. It takes planning ahead and work, but is a fun family project and makes some of the best turkey you’ll ever eat. It requires no electricity or fossil fuels, but lots of wood from trimming or cutting down trees needing to be removed anyway.

Turkey in the Hole

It was perfectly done, moist and tasty.

The day before Thanksgiving, a pit must be dug. We chose a sandy spot off the beaten path and dug our pit two feet by three feet, and four feet deep [...]

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Turkey in the Hole


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Turkey in the Hole

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4 Responses to “Turkey in the Hole”

  1. Robin says:

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. D@TheShadyPorch says:

    I just wanted to drop by and thank you again for guest posting. I really enjoyed your post and can see us trying the pit method one day…we’ve fried and smoked, so pit cooking is about the only thing we haven’t tried yet. By the way, I ordered the sample of the soap seeds and look forward to trying them out. I’ve been making a homemade soap lately and am always looking for new ways to be frugal. Blessings to you and yours, D@TheShadyPorch

    • Rose Petal says:

      I appreciate the opportunity to guest post. Digging a hole is a lot of work, but the knowledge and experience using this method is invaluable. Hope the soapnuts do well for you as they have for us. Blessings to you as well!