1916 “Kitchen Movie”: How to Prepare the Thanksgiving Turkey



Are you feeling stressed about how to make your Thanksgiving turkey?

Relax, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. The November, 1916 issue of Ladies Home Journal had a “Kitchen Movie” that shows how to do it.


37 thoughts on “1916 “Kitchen Movie”: How to Prepare the Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. For many years we used to have Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law’s so I never had to worry about the turkey. But when we started having it here a few years ago my niece suggested an oven bag. That, and a free-range turkey, it’s always perfectly done and yummy. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sheryl!

  2. Of course, you always can take the even easier way, and go with the sort of thing we love: cranberry-glazed pork loin. The day we discovered no one really liked turkey was the day we started singing, “Free at last, free at last…”

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. What an interesting article! I was struck by the instructions to baste every ten minutes and dredge with flour after basting. I would think it would really slow down the cooking process to open the oven door that often and that would be way too much flour. But if this was in Ladies Home Journal, the instructions must have been tested and must have produced a very nice turkey! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. It does seem like a much more tedious basting process than what we’d do today. I probably shouldn’t admit it, but I tend to think that I can skip basting without sacrificing much of the quality.

  4. I am thankful I did not have to remove any feathers!! 🙂 I remember hearing stories of how you bought the turkey live and kept it until you had to kill it….thankful I only had to brave the crazies at the stores. lol I love your articles on the life of our grandparents – interesting to see how they lived and what we take for granted.

    1. We do take so much for granted. Your comment brought back memories of the diary years. One year my grandmother had to carry a live goose home for Thanksgiving.

      1. mom and dad would tell me about life on their grandparents farm (mom) and an aunt and uncle’s farm for dad. Either way glad I am a city gal!! 🙂

  5. Oh dear…I’m grateful for today’s turkeys 🙂 And I have to confess I bought a smoked turkey this year…cheating a little bit, but very tasty. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  6. I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving sweetie! I made a turkey for myself and then spent the official day with my best friend so I wasn’t alone! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  7. Baste every 10 minutes and then dredge with flour.
    Talk about being stuck by the stove!
    I do baste frequently but have never dredged with flour afterward.
    Have you?

  8. Oh my such good fun to look back a hundred years ago at how they baked a turkey. I love it.
    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

    1. I found it interesting how the basting process seemed more complicated back then. I had a very nice Thanksgiving. I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. No, I don’t think that either of these foods are considered part of the modern Thanksgiving tradition. Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes would be the way potatoes are generally served for the Thanksgiving meal. And, I’ve never heard of anyone serving watercress on Thanksgiving. It’s interesting how even the foods that are considered part of holiday traditions change across the years. 🙂

        1. How true! You definitely won’t find locally grown watercress in the area where I live in December. Watercress seems to be making a minor comeback at supermarkets in the US, but for many years it was difficult to find.

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