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My turkey's missing its giblets!

I'm making my turkey stock tonight and went to pull the neck and giblets from my turkey. I was up to my elbow in the turkey, but no giblets to be found. Aside from being bummed that I won't be able to utilize the giblets, I'm worried that they're hiding somewhere deep within the turkey and I'll only find out when the sucker's roasting tomorrow.

Please reassure me that this has happened to someone else and I'm not giblet-excavating challenged.

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  1. Mine were hidden in a bag in the neck end with the neck in the body cavity.

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    1. re: wolfe

      This isn't so new. Years ago in gtrad school I was the turkey roaster for our first group Thanksgiving feast and there were no giblets. Well, I found them when I carved near the neck and cut into the whole bunch of them, bag and all, cooked in the neck skin cavity.

      Who knew?

    2. Hey, don't feel bad if you find them in the neck cavity.

      My Sister's Gynecologist realized she was mal-practicing on a turkey. ;-)

      1. Ah, the neck cavity! I didn't want to unwrap the whole turkey so I didn't check on that end. Perhaps I'll find the missing giblets tomorrow morning.

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        1. re: spkspk

          Did you find them? In the words of Admiral Nimitz in his message to Bull Halsey at the Battle of Leyte Gulf "The World Wonders."

        2. My friend had the same problem this year. They were definitely MIA. She found a carton of them at Whole Food of all places.

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          1. re: torty

            Torty, you lost me. MIA, Carton, Conspiracies?

            "Whole" Turkeys and Chickens, if I am not mistaken - per regulations of being whole, come with the neck and giblets packet. Beyond that they can be cut up for the parts, or pieced out, thus cartons of the edible organs do show up in the poultry section.

          2. Was it, by any chance, a kosher turkey? This, from the Empire poultry Web site: "The kosher process requires separate processing to remove, clean and package the giblets. If the giblets are damaged or unclean they can not be sold or packaged."

            1. My Safeway turkey was also giblet-free! I found this out just an hour before roasting time... will have chat w/ their meat/poultry guy tomorrow. It's an epidemic!

              1. I found the giblets... they were indeed hiding out in the neck cavity. Just glad I found them before tossing the bird in the oven!

                1. I found my giblets but neck is missing from my bird, I have searched all through, any ideas?

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                  1. re: dmartindale

                    Hard to miss something that is 9 to 12 inches long and weighs over a pound. It is usually in the body cavity and is frequently late in defrosting and needs to be pried out. If not there they forgot it.

                    1. re: dmartindale

                      If your bird came with giblets, the neck is there too. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've given up the search for it - including today!! If the bag of giblets was in one end, the neck is stuffed into the other. It may still be partially frozen to the interior of the bird, but I bet it's there.

                    2. I am so glad I read this link. It made me go searching for my giblet and I did find it.