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Old 11-22-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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Someone suggested we use canned pears to make our turkey moist and bursting with flavor. We are doing our stuffing separate so thought this would work. Anyone have experience stuffing their bird with canned fruit?? Anyone else heard of this.. I tried google, but only came up with Pear stuffing recipes...I dont want dinner to be a bust! Please offer advice
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Someone suggested we use canned pears to make our turkey moist and bursting with flavor. We are doing our stuffing separate so thought this would work. Anyone have experience stuffing their bird with canned fruit?? Anyone else heard of this.. I tried google, but only came up with Pear stuffing recipes...I dont want dinner to be a bust! Please offer advice
I've never heard of that in my life.....
Is the person that gave you that advice a good cook?
There is a thread over in the recipe forum on brining a turkey, you might wanna give it a read.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I use apples, carrots, celery, lemons, and herbs. Pears would be alright, but I wouldn't use canned..use fresh.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Rio Rancho
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The canned might be sweeter than fresh. You could put the canned pears in a stuffing and it might be very tasty.

I like the brining idea myself. The last Thanksgiving before my grandparents died my mother and I brined a turkey breast in 'Emeril' fasion. I must admit it came out juicy and delicious. Also brining seasons the meat. Grandma really enjoyed it! Granddaddy liked dry turkey. I guess back in the day, when he was growing up in Lone Oak, it was hard for granny (my great grandmother) to regulate the heat in a wood stove like we can today in a modern oven. Then necessity becomes a tradition.

Sorry about digressing but what a great memory of Thanksgiving with my family. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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Pears are not aromatic. I would doubt that a turkey stuffed with pear would be as good as the usual aromatic vegetables. I could try oranges, or some aromatic fruit but I wouldn't want to bet Thanksgiving dinner on it.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I think they would completely disintegrate during the long cooking period. I love stuffing the turkey with a big handful of fresh thyme sprigs, some fresh sage, fresh rosemary and a couple lemons cut in half - so flavorful and makes great gravy. I don't want my turkey sweet - half of a typical Thanksgiving menu is sweet and/or high carbs - the turkey should be the main savory dish to offset all the sweetness.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I think they would completely disintegrate during the long cooking period. I love stuffing the turkey with a big handful of fresh thyme sprigs, some fresh sage, fresh rosemary and a couple lemons cut in half - so flavorful and makes great gravy. I don't want my turkey sweet - half of a typical Thanksgiving menu is sweet and/or high carbs - the turkey should be the main savory dish to offset all the sweetness.
Yeah I would think they would turn to mush and leak into the juice you're gonna use for gravy.

ETA: I'm pretty sure she's talking about stuffing the cavity, not making a stuffing to eat.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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Someone suggested we use canned pears to make our turkey moist and bursting with flavor. We are doing our stuffing separate so thought this would work. Anyone have experience stuffing their bird with canned fruit?? Anyone else heard of this.. I tried google, but only came up with Pear stuffing recipes...I dont want dinner to be a bust! Please offer advice
UH HHMM . NOPE!!! I have never heard of it and would never do it.

Too many other great choices.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:32 PM
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Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Pears? Canned? I agree with all that disagree. Especially the canned part of it.
Apples with oranges and cranberries in a stuffing, maybe, but then I would leave out the apples too. My tastebuds just don't cotton to the sweet taste of pears in turkey. And especially canned pears most probably will turn to mush.
And as someone else said, they're not an aromatic. If you want to insert something in the cavity, not stuffing, choose some herbs, celery, onions, oranges with the peel, or even lemons. Too many more sensible options than pears.
Pears???? http://smileys.smilchat.net/smileys/expressives3/sstop.gif (broken link)

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Old 11-22-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I once got a turkey at the last minute, and shoved a grapefruit inside. I've also stuffed a turkey with sauerkraut, which is delicious. Several peeled raw onions would be nice. You can't hurt a turkey.
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