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Foodie Flashback: Butterbake Your Turkey

The only thing better than vintage recipes and cookbooks are vintage-cooking videos. While looking for Thanksgiving ideas, I came across this vintage commercial for a turkey made with real butter. You pat lots of butter all over, cover it with cheesecloth dipped in melted butter, and bake it slowly, basting with butter. Sounds like a recipe Paula Deen could really get behind. If you're interested in how to butterbake a turkey, or are just looking for a bit of Thanksgiving circa 1959, then check out the commercial, just

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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Love this vid
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
reeeeka I like your mom's idea...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
vintage all the way!!
michichan michichan 9 years
Oh wow, sounds delish
reeeeka reeeeka 9 years
My mom does the butter between the skin and meet...but she spices the butter up with garlic and other seasoning and sometimes stuffs it with lemons and sprigs of herbs...0o0o so nice and juicy!
michichan michichan 9 years
Ever try that old Ina Garten secret of buttering between the skin and meat?
urbngirl urbngirl 9 years
This is how I've cooked my turkey every year. I rub a stick of butter all over it. I sprinkle some salt and pepper for taste. I put the stuffing in the turkey and tress it up. Cheesecloth goes on top. The turkey will come out so juicy and tender. The trick is to baste it every 20-30 minutes. You won't be disappointed.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh and a little salt too.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I do this all the time.
clbailey1 clbailey1 9 years
This went away?? My mom taught me to cook a turkey by smearing butter all over it before you stick it in the oven. I did this once and it...was...FABULOUS! It's a good thing that this a meal eaten only once per year, though!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
wow, imagine all that fat inside my body. eeewwww, i have to say though, it must be very tasty though!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I never ate the turkey he made. I'm guessing it didn't have any flavor but it must have been very moist.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
That seems like a bit too much! I just asked my mom how to cook my first turkey and she told me to put some pats of butter underneath the skin.
michichan michichan 9 years
shortening? But where's the flavour?
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
OMG... I remember working for this old man many years ago. And when we ran out of office filing to do, he asked me to help with the turkey. He wanted me to cover the whole turkey in shortening! I did, and it was disgusting. After watching this commercial, now it totally makes sense. This was what he was used to. I bet it's good with all that butter.
michichan michichan 9 years
ah, the good ol days, when nobody cared about trans fats.
ragus ragus 9 years
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Butterbaked, the American Dairy Association way. Yummers! :drool:
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
I want to try this but I'm afraid I might have a heart attack! It's looks so good though.
Rhiannon Rhiannon 9 years
Thanks for finding this, I love a look into our culinary past. It's so amazing how many ways there are to cook Turkey. Everyone thinks their method is the only way to go. It took weeks of lobbying, but a few years ago I eventually convinced my family to let me brine the turkey. Until that time we had only eaten dry flavorless turkey, that had been cooked to death. My grandmother would start cooking the bird at dawn. I don't remember her using the butter soaked cheesecloth, it probably would have helped.
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