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Turkey drumstick disappearance [Moved from Home Cookin board]

At one time, several supermarkets in my neighborhood sold individually packaged turkey drumsticks (my favorite part of the turkey). One market, in particular, frequently sold them.

In recent years, I rarely see this part of the turkey sold. Today, I saw a local market, selling in addition to whole turkeys, individually packaged turkey breasts. Wouldn't it be reasonable for the drumsticks to be sold, too?

Who is getting the drumsticks? (I know that the recent disappearance of many bee populations is a very important subject to explore, in that bees are very essential in the agricultural cycle, but this drumstick disappearance also calls for a similar investigation.)

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  1. The more upscale the area the more this seems to happen because of the whole "white meat is better for you" load of garbage. I usually have to travel to a different part of town to get the dark meat parts. The Asian markets tend to have just the necks and occasionally wings.

    1. I actually saw drumsticks, thights, wings, and breasts all being sold separately at Whole Foods, for $1-2/lb. shocking, huh?!

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      1. re: Pei

        Actually it is shocking. I was at a Pavillions (upscale Vons/Safeway) last nite with crossed fingers hoping for maybe turkey thighs or leg to make some turkey stock as I had no time to drive to where I know I can get the right stuff- found big wings on sale! They do occasionally carry legs or thighs, but it seems very limited supply compared to the breast "cutlets" etc. They also started carrying the smoked parts. I think they may actually be responding to customer requests as opposed to what their marketing people tell them our area will buy.

      2. Many Southerners who no longer eat pork use smoked turkey parts to season vegetables - greens, beans, etc. - and there's a big market for those year round. Necks, wings, legs, etc. Turkey bacon and sausage are also big sellers and the dark meat is used to make those. I love when I can find turkey thighs. My poultry vendor sells turkey "chops" and all sorts of other items.including drumsticks, smoked and plain. They're out there but it may be dependent on the socio-economic and ethnic make-up of the neighborhood and part of the country.
        The Renaissance Fair near us buys tens of thousands of pounds of one-pound turkey legs each year for their festival and I imagine the other Renaissance Fairs around the US offer a similar food item.

        1. Here in Houston I can get smoked turkey legs, wings and necks from just about any grocery store in town! They have raw, as well.

          1. I live in Tampa and can buy wings and drumsticks raw any day of the week. it's the breast portion they never have. I'll find that a couple times a year. My guess is we're getting your legs lol.

            1. I asked my market for some ahaed of time. Also, I wanted some innards, as what is turkey w/out gravy, and you just can't make gravy w/out heart, liver, etc. They were Very nice about it, said no prob, and they didn't know there was a need, as nobody else ever asked them befor! So, ask (They even put my name on the pkg & kept it out back til I picked it up)

              1. Maybe it's a regional thing. In the Detroit area, all the supermarkets offer drumsticks, wings and thighs, usually frozen.

                1. I have no trouble finding them here in TO.
                  I smoke them and use them instead of pork hocks.


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                  1. re: Davwud

                    Glad for all of you that have an unlimited supply of turkey parts. Now I know where my portion is going!

                    Talking about "smoked" turkey parts, I have more of a stench of cooking turkey when I boil it versus bake it. I wonder which method you have found results in the least amount of turkey "smell." I have thought of getting a pressure cooker, and I can see using that on some of the parts. I just wouldn't want the cooker to have a permanent smell of turkey which is almost what I found when I used a large pot for boiling the turkey. It wasn't that easy to get the smell of the stainless steel pot.

                    1. re: FelafelBoy

                      I don't have a problem with my stock pot smelling like turkey afterwards.
                      If you mean your house stinks of turkey. If you do it right, your house should smell incredible.


                  2. A butcher's that ALWAYS has them in Montréal is Fernando's, on Roy between St-Laurent and St-Denis -(Boucherie Les Volailles et Gibiers Fernando 116, rue Roy Est,
                    Montréal 514- 843-6652) they also have the thighs (great for braises) and usually carry smoked turkey drumsticks,which indeed I use in lieu of smoked pork. This place also makes chicken, turkey and duck sausages, chorizo etc.

                    And in general, they are often available at "ethnic" places, and ones that haven't become too chichi.

                    1. Here, North of Boston, the farm where I buy our organic meat has roasted turkey drumsticks and breasts year round. They breed and grow their own.
                      Also, I've seen them at our local Market Basket, but that's a regional chain.

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                      1. re: Gio

                        i had a surprisingly tasty smoked turkey drumstick at one of the Disney Parks.... it was Disneyworld I think.

                        Bought it as a novelty and was very pleasantly suprised. Meaty, moist, smoky, nice poultry flavor.

                        Why can't we make this a street food, Mayor Miller (in Toronto?)....

                        1. re: doctorandchef

                          It is a "street food" at the San Jose (California) big farmers market (Thursdays I think) and is pretty standard at alot of State fair types of things. I like to do them for male football get togethers. These along with a load of chip and dip stuff keeps them satisfied for hours.

                          1. re: torty

                            A smoked turkey leg is common here in Houston, too. But if you get it at a "fair" it's going to cost $5 - $6. You can go to Kroger and get one, already cooked by the rotisserie chickens for about $2 - $3, or you can get one in the frozen food section for around $1.80 per lb, and cook it yourself! At a lot of small, independent stores that cater to the hispanic community have them even cheaper and not frozen.

                          2. re: doctorandchef

                            Doctor, a query about where to find smoked turkey drumsticks in Toronto would be legitimate on the Ontario board. I'm sure they can be found somewhere.