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Hunt98 24-Dec-17
EJG 24-Dec-17
IdyllwildArcher 24-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 24-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 24-Dec-17
Kodiak 24-Dec-17
oldgoat 24-Dec-17
air leak 24-Dec-17
Inshart 24-Dec-17
White Falcon 24-Dec-17
Pat Lefemine 24-Dec-17
lewis 24-Dec-17
Yellowjacket 24-Dec-17
OkieJ 24-Dec-17
txhunter58 24-Dec-17
Topgun 30-06 24-Dec-17
pointingdogs 24-Dec-17
Cheetah8799 24-Dec-17
bad karma 24-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 24-Dec-17
tobinsghost 24-Dec-17
Topgun 30-06 24-Dec-17
tobywon 24-Dec-17
Nimrod90 25-Dec-17
stick n string 25-Dec-17
ground hunter 25-Dec-17
midwest 25-Dec-17
stick n string 25-Dec-17
tobywon 25-Dec-17
skipmaster1 25-Dec-17
midwest 26-Dec-17
skipmaster1 26-Dec-17
Deflatem 26-Dec-17
Hunt98 09-Jan-18
Grubby 09-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 09-Jan-18
APauls 09-Jan-18
Buck Watcher 18-Jan-18
APauls 18-Jan-18
Stoneman 18-Jan-18
tobywon 18-Jan-18
midwest 18-Jan-18
Blue Buck 18-Jan-18
writer 18-Jan-18
1boonr 21-Jan-18
APauls 21-Jan-18
GVS 22-Jan-18
stick n string 14-Apr-18
Tonybear61 14-Apr-18
Razorsharp123 17-Apr-18
From: Hunt98
24-Dec-17
In the past I’ve tried to cook turkey legs. But with all the tendons it was pretty tough to get to the meat that was on the legs.

What’s your preferred method for cooking turkey legs?

From: EJG
24-Dec-17
Braising until falls off the bone

24-Dec-17
Put them in the crock pot with cream of mushroom soup and a can of milk for every can of soup. Cover the legs 1/2 way then add a little water because it'll lose moisture from steam. Add salt, pepper, thyme, and sage. Crock pot on high for 7 hours. Replace liquid as needed. Serve over rice, potatoes, or noodles.

From: Paul@thefort
24-Dec-17
Place in a large crock pot with a large can of cream of mushroom soup (do not add water to the soup). Cook for 4-5 hrs until the meat wants to fall off the bone, etc. Take out all bones, ligaments, etc. and you end up with some very tender, tasty, dark meat. I do believe it is the best meat on the bird. Place meat over noodles, mashed potatoes, rice. Also, add, chopped carrots, celery, onions, to the mix. my best, Paul

From: Paul@thefort
24-Dec-17
Ike, looks like we went to the same cooking school my best, Paul

From: Kodiak
24-Dec-17

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From: oldgoat
24-Dec-17
All day in a crock pot on as low as it will go, then it just falls off those tendons and makes amazing turkey salad

From: air leak
24-Dec-17
Throw the legs on the grill..

Use them to thump your tires..

From: Inshart
24-Dec-17
Give them to your brother-in-law. :)

From: White Falcon
24-Dec-17
They walk for a living>!If not cooked slow they will be tough!

From: Pat Lefemine
24-Dec-17
I was part of the crowd that put turkey legs into my coyote bait bucket. Then I read here about the crock pot recipe. Delicious. I dont throw them away any longer.

From: lewis
24-Dec-17
Or place in pressure cooker cook all the meat is falling off the bone we use in gumbo and turkey salad the tough tendons just slide right off good luck Lewis

From: Yellowjacket
24-Dec-17
See the recent thread on Smoked Venison Shanks. I pretty much do mine the same way. Smoked then slow cooker. Usually freeze after smoking them and use to make a great winter soyp/stew.

From: OkieJ
24-Dec-17
Just Turkey & noodles in the crock pot, served on mashed potatoes.

From: txhunter58
24-Dec-17
Cook thoroughly directly on the coals of a campfire until they are ash. Enjoy the fire and the aroma, then hit the sack. The ones I have killed in the spring ("ruttin") have been too much work for too little gain. If you kill one in the fall, then do as they suggest above.

From: Topgun 30-06
24-Dec-17
From: oldgoat 24-Dec-17 All day in a crock pot on as low as it will go, then it just falls off those tendons and makes amazing turkey salad

That's the way I started doing them with several cans of cream of mushroom soup over them and after a number of hours like that you can just take all the tendons and bones and toss them with only the good meat that's left to eat however you prefer. I just put the works in a bowl and eat it like that with the soup and it makes several nice meals. Anyone who just throws them out is doing a great disservice to the bird because there is quite a bit of good meat on the leg/thigh area!

From: pointingdogs
24-Dec-17
Sane question comes up every year. Many good responses. May way is to trim the meat off of both legs and make "turkey noodle soup". Best soup that I have ever made :) Just substitute turkey for chicken. http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/slow-cooker-chicken-noodle-soup-198707

From: Cheetah8799
24-Dec-17
I always crock-pot the drumsticks/thighs in cream of mushroom soup with water. Overnight on medium until meat can be easily pulled off with a fork. Cut/shred the meat and use for turkey pot pie.

From: bad karma
24-Dec-17
Confit them.

From: Paul@thefort
24-Dec-17
Also for pheasant legs and thighs. same o , same o.

From: tobinsghost
24-Dec-17
Paul, why no water? Do you cover all of the meat with soup? I've made it twice and one was awesome, the next time way too tough.

From: Topgun 30-06
24-Dec-17
Paul, why no water? Do you cover all of the meat with soup? I've made it twice and one was awesome, the next time way too tough.

No need for water if you cover all the meat with the soup for the moisture and heat to do it's job . No idea why one of your tries was tough unless you didn't have enough soup to cover all the meat good.

From: tobywon
24-Dec-17

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Used to throw them away, but no more. Pressure cooker with 3 cups of chicken stock and some onions. Comes right off bone and do whatever you want after that. Just made turkey pot pie. This is before I put on top crust.

From: Nimrod90
25-Dec-17
Tobywon, that looks amazing my friend! I've got some legs and thighs in the freezer waiting to be made and I think I just found out what to do with em...;)

25-Dec-17

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Did this for Mother's day, was a big big hit. I will say, definitely was better fresh versus the next day. Fair amount of work, but thought my kids would be more apt to eat this and i was right. Everybody loved it

25-Dec-17
I use them for soups, along with legs from a pheasant,and grouse and throw in a whole woodcock,,,, its a great soup

From: midwest
25-Dec-17
stick n string, I've done that one myself and it was damn good!

25-Dec-17
Not sure Midwest, but might actually have been you that turned me onto it. I know it was someone here

From: tobywon
25-Dec-17
Good luck Russ, hope you enjoy.

From: skipmaster1
25-Dec-17

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Turkey Carnitas. I use Hank Shaws recipe. It yields a ton of meat that just falls off the bone. Probably the same amount of meat as the breasts. Maybe more. I use them for tacos and burritos

From: midwest
26-Dec-17
That's the recipe that stick n string just linked. I pretty much ate it every night until it was gone. Just toss some in the fry pan and crisp up, eat on a whole wheat tortilla with toppings of your choice. Avacado or quac works well along with some fresh pico and a little cheese.

From: skipmaster1
26-Dec-17
Yup. Thats the recipe. It's delicious. We even had turkey tacos on our horseback elk hunt this season!

From: Deflatem
26-Dec-17
I use a pressure cooker. Works great. I also will just cut the meat off the bone and grind up some turkey burger.

From: Hunt98
09-Jan-18
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! My GF cooked the legs and thighs in the crockpot and it was very good. I was surprised how much meat was on there.

From: Grubby
09-Jan-18
I made one heck of a pot of soup last week with 4 legs

From: Paul@thefort
09-Jan-18
Here is a good recipe for turkey/rice soup

IN a crock pot. place in pot two legs/thighs of turkey. Add two containers of Chicken broth. (add water now or later) Cook on med to high heat (6-7 hours) until you can "fall" the meat off the bone. Remove all bones, etc from pot. Dice meat into small cubes and place back into broth. Add two cups of water, Season salt, diced carrots, celery , onions, mushrooms, and one cup of white or wild rice. Cook on med temp until rice is done and vegetables should be slightly crisp. Blend all ingredience and enjoy.

From: APauls
09-Jan-18
I've done crock pot with mushroom soup was excellent, do that with all "runners" and it's good. Jackrabbit fronts are the same.

I've just recently got an Instant Pot (pressure cooks as well) and I have to say it would be the ticket. I've done a few things so far in the Instant Pot and you can't beat it. I much prefer the moistness/texture of meat from the Instant Pot/Pressure cooker variety as opposed to a slow cooker/crock pot type deal. It tastes more "normal" coming from a pressure cooker. I'm sure if you sauteed them then did em for 20-30 mins cook time in an Instant pot they'd be coming apart easily and mighty tasty. I just did some tough free range beef cuts given to me yesterday right from frozen with a 16 minute cook time and it was awesome with a really good gravy.

From: Buck Watcher
18-Jan-18
Wild Turkey Leg Soup - my favorite soup. And it's simple to make.

Simmer a leg or 2 depending on size of leg/pot. Cook until meat falls off the bone. A Jake will take about an hour. A big Tom took 14 hours a while back. So maybe start early in the day. Remove meat/bones and discard. Add Onion (2 parts), carrots (1 part), celery (1 part), s&p and a bay leaf or 2.

You can add chicken base or stock if you want, I don't. Or you can add your favorite chicken/turkey seasoning. You can put some chopped leg meat back or cut up some breast to put in. I did a couple of times. I don't now.

A few years ago my buddy stopped by to put something in my garage. The smell coming from my kitchen made him go see what was cooking. He couldn't believe it when I told him it was just a turkey leg simmering.

From: APauls
18-Jan-18
My mom did a 3 year old yard egg laying hen they have running around in the Instant Pot right from frozen. Cooked it for like an hour or something and it fell apart. Would be similar to a wild turkey for toughness.

From: Stoneman
18-Jan-18
once you go pressure cooker you will never go back... works great for all tougher cuts of meat, most recently - goose legs and thighs, some of the best meat you will ever eat

From: tobywon
18-Jan-18
"once you go pressure cooker you will never go back"....a very true statement, I cant believe how much better it has been using a pressure cooker.

From: midwest
18-Jan-18
Will turkey legs fit in a 6-qt. Instant Pot?

From: Blue Buck
18-Jan-18
Save all the legs over the course of the season and then run them all through your grinder. I make meatballs and smoke them. Best part of the turkey.

From: writer
18-Jan-18
Similar to most, simmer in well-seasoned water with onions, celery and carrots for a few hours. Peel the tendons and bone away. The stock makes an excellent starter for gumbo or turkey and noodles.

From: 1boonr
21-Jan-18
You could take road killed possum and do all that to it and it would taste good. How good is it if you have to disguise its taste with all sorts of marinade and soups

From: APauls
21-Jan-18
1boonr what would you rather do with then? Throw it out? A pressure cooker also disguises nothing.

From: GVS
22-Jan-18
Yep, slow cook or pressure cooker. Best meat on the bird. I take any that others won't use. It would be a shame to waist it.

14-Apr-18
Any of you use the new insta pots with turkey legs? Just got my wife one a few weeks back. Wanna do up a couple legs but not sure how long to cook em for it to be fall off the bone tender. Got some deer stock i made this winter to put in with it

From: Tonybear61
14-Apr-18
Gonna try this year. If it ever stops snowing in the Midwest may get out and hunt.

17-Apr-18
Just wanted to throw out that I tried this last Sunday.

Crockpot with one leg/thigh quarter from this year's bird. Can of cream of mushroom, can of cream of chicken and one can of chicken broth. One large onion, two large carrots and two large stalks of celery.

9.5 hours later it was falling off the bone goodness in a tasty gravy. Served it over buttered egg noodles and man was it killer.

I will never breast out a turkey again, thanks for the tips and pointers guys!!

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