Happy Thanksgiving, folks in the US enjoy your stuffed Turkey. And don't think about how that hollow region was made...
As The Reg noted last month, exploding whales have made an important contribution to the Internet. But in the years since that marvellous film was made, inferior cat videos have become the net's dominant video content (we're not counting smut, okay?) and deflected the internet from its manifest destiny. Now, however, comes …
So-called "stuffing" is asking for food poisoning. I serve separately baked "dressing" instead. The six currently in brine wild birds will be going into the smokehouse somewhat before sun-up. And yes, I hunted 'em, killed 'em, cleaned 'em, and plucked 'em myself :-)
Not all Yanks think food comes from Safeway/McDonalds.
Why would stuffing cause food poisoning?
Assuming you stuffed the bird just before roasting, the stuffing itself should not breed and bad stuff. Any bad stuff is going to come from contaminated meat inside the cavity which is still there whether or not you stuff the bird.
And yes, I've hunted, killed, cleaned plucked, stuffed and eaten a few birds too.
If the stuffing doesn't come up to proper temperature in the cavity, the juices leaking out of the bird contaminate the stuffing, leading to potential food poisoning (think incubator). If the stuffing does come up to proper temperature, the bird is way over cooked & dryer than a popcorn's fart.
An open cavity during baking cooks from the inside & the outside, killing the bugs.
"Looks like "general knowledge" is becoming the latest oxymoron"
To be fair, for most people under the age of 40 or so, their only experience of whale hunting is seeing Greenpeace protests on the TV. It's rare for a documentary to cover whale hunting or processing partly because it's much less of a spectator sport these days but mainly because it's not especially politically correct to show the slaughter and butchering of what may be an intelligent creature (for some value of intelligent depending on personal choice)
I do have some colour slides of whales flensing in the Faroes that my dad took while up there many years ago. I'd forgotten about them but happened to come across them just the other week while working through the process of scanning his thousands of slide.
As an aside, my spilling chucker doesn't have "flensing" in its repertoire.
20 years ago, back when the Shamen were webcasting, the cat-scan people put up a website for people who put their cats on scanners. Keeping cats may be cruel, but their owners were internet pioneers.
Nowadays, you'd think it was for Computer Aided Tomography. To the barricades, cat lovers! Where's the nostalgia icon?
I once read a book on the subject of commercial whaling, back in the days when real men stuck a sharp stick into the whale from a rowboat and then held on to the string with a firm grip.
It seems that sometimes the whale got away, only to die later from the wounds and, if it felt so inclined, at this point it would float around on the surface - often for many days. Occasionally a whaling ship would come across one of these 'stinkers', as they were known, and haul it in to reap someone else's just rewards.
The phenomena of a stinker exploding when poked at carelessly with a flensing knife was not exactly unknown, but it appears the crews were normally just too busy at the time to video it and post on Youtube.
but how they were planning to clean the bones, once the knifework is done? I mean, do they have a vat big enough to boil the bones? Or are they going to use REALLY MANY hide beetles to eat away the remaining flesh? Both ways, it would be almost as interesting to watch as explosion itself!
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