June is National Turkey Lovers Month Origin and Celebration

Posted By Jane on June 5, 2012
in Our Holiday


Have you ever heard of the National Turkey Lovers Month? Or how do your celebrate on that special holiday? If you want to make a PowerPoint slideshow about National Turkey Lovers Month, you’d better learn something about the holiday. By converting to video you can share your PowerPoint slideshow on YouTube with more people.

What is this holiday about?

National Turkey Lovers Month is the ideal time to celebrate the delicious taste, versatility, high quality nutrition and cooking ease of turkeys.

When is this holiday observed?

June is the National Turkey Lovers Month. When talking of turkey, I’m sure most people would have Thanksgiving Day in their mind. Yes, most often turkeys are served up on the dinner table in November, but the June celebration emphasizes turkey’s year-round popularity and offers you a whole month to enjoy turkey meals. Just remember to prepare enough salt and pepper!

How did this holiday begin?

From: http://www.hpj.com/archives/2005/may05/may30/GovernorHeinemankicksoffNat.CFM

Governor Dave Heineman proclaimed June "National Turkey Lovers’ Month" in a luncheon sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), Poultry and Egg Division May 13 at the governor’s residence.

"The turkey industry is an important part of Nebraska’s economic landscape with cash receipts totaling more than $38 million in 2004," Governor Heineman said. "It’s my pleasure to join Nebraska’s turkey producers today in celebrating their industry’s many accomplishments."

Ken Gleaves of Nebraska Turkey Ranch, Gibbon, presented Governor Heineman with a Norbest Smoked Turkey and a new Norbest Oven Roasted Turkey, in recognition of the governor’s support for the turkey industry.

The state’s 17 turkey growers, who are members of the Nebraska Turkey Growers Cooperative, raised over 3.1 million turkeys in 2004, producing more than 53 million pounds of turkey. The majority of these turkeys are packaged under the Norbest Nebraska-grown label.

How is this holiday celebrated?

This holiday is about the outstanding taste of turkey and is celebrated by serving turkey all through the month of June. Now you don’t need to save a turkey dinner to Thanksgiving, just incorporate turkey into regular meals. Here is a turkey recipe example for National Turkey Lovers Month.


1 (18 pound) whole turkey

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1.5 quarts turkey stock

8 cups prepared stuffing



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place rack in the lowest position of the oven.
  • Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan. Loosely fill the body cavity with stuffing. Rub the skin with the softened butter, and season with salt and pepper. Position an aluminum foil tent over the turkey.
  • Place turkey in the oven, and pour 2 cups turkey stock into the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste all over every 30 minutes with the juices on the bottom of the pan. Whenever the drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about 1 to 2 cups at a time. Remove aluminum foil after 2 1/2 hours. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 4 hours.
  • Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, and let it stand for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving.

Happy Turkey Lovers’ Month!

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