Staten Islanders May Get Local Wild Turkey for Thanksgiving

Wild-turkey surprise.
Wild-turkey surprise. Photo: Ken Thomas via Wikimedia Commons

The turkeys that were slaughtered on Staten Island over the past few months may end up being cooked and served at food pantries on Thanksgiving, pending the green light from USDA inspectors that the meat is safe. Animal-rights activists were against the culling, which began in August in response to health, safety, and traffic concerns, but now that the dead birds are sitting in deep freeze, it’s time to think about how best to use the meat. Wild turkey is notoriously tough and stringy, but diet can affect turkey in profound ways: Since these turkeys have apparently been subsisting on peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches fed to them by enthusiastic Staten Islanders, well, there’s no telling how they’ll taste. [DNAinfo, Earlier, Earlier]