Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Where Have All the Turkeys Gone?
By Jody Worsham, yes co-author “Kin We’re Not Related To” in case you forgot
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From early November to late December the supermarkets abound with turkeys: fresh, frozen, buttered, injected, smoked, fried, Cajun, Mrs. Smiths. The turkey hotlines are staffed 24/7 to answer all of your turkey needs. Magazines feature perfectly bronzed turkeys complete with drumstick booties deliciously displayed on platters with cranberry garnishes. Google hits are in the millions for recipes for leftover turkey.
And now it is January. Where have all the turkeys gone? They no longer fill the endcaps at the supermarkets. So what has happened to the big birds?
Have the unsold birds been sent to the North Pole for low cost storage until next November? Has the market been so over saturated that the mere mention of a turkey sandwich sends would-be-eaters racing for Taco Bell? Has the turkey hotlines finally answered all turkey questions and has switched to automated calls only? Has the Google million hits counter now centered on diets and New Year’s resolutions?
But my next question is even more disturbing. With the whole birds gone from the stores, where are those turkey legs coming from? Do we have a lot of paraplegic turkeys wheeling around on skateboards? And if all there is in the market place from January to late October is turkey legs and ground turkey, are the remaining whole turkeys in hiding? Is there an underground turkey railroad moving the birds from carnivorous states to California, a known vegetarian state? And is our ground turkey coming from those birds that did not make it to a vegan state?
But most importantly, if all we have are paraplegic turkeys and “free” birds, where are next year’s whole turkeys coming from? I can only hope there is a cashe of artificially inseminated turkey eggs somewhere waiting to be hatched. Otherwise Black Friday will become Black Thursday with no turkeys.
Pulling a fish bone is just not the same as pulling a wishbone.