Turkey Tails - The controversial part of the bird - with recipes
Unfortunately, they were consumed to the point where they were deemed to be creating a health risk. Eating too much fat caused obesity and cardiovascular problems.
"BE IT RESOLVED THAT, in the interest of improving the health of the citizens and residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, the importation of the following items into the FSM shall be prohibited by law:
So, let’s start with the realization that this cut is not a health food, and it should not be a main staple of your diet. On the other hand, it is no worse for you than other forms of animal fat. If you live where it is still legal to eat this fatty morsel you might want to celebrate your freedom by trying this cut occasionally and in moderation.
We are at a time when some of us are eating all parts of animals in an attempt to support sustainable agriculture as well as to rediscover and enjoy foods of our ancestors. So we will look at some recipes for this cut.
Turkey tails are often used in the same manner as pork fat for cooking greens or beans and they can easily substitute for pork fat ounce for ounce.Tails can also be grilled, fried, deep fried, barbequed, smoked, stir-fried, and as noted below, added to soup.
Here is another popular recipe.
Adobo Turkey Tails
3 lbs turkey tails
Talk to your butcher - and have him talk to his turkey supplier if he isn't familiar with this cut. Turkey tails are available in some farmer's markets at certain times of the year, especially around the holidays, and they can be ordered through specialty butchers and turkey processors. On occasion they show up in supermarkets. Of course you can buy them on the internet. They are available smoked or plain.
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