Trader Joe's has a turkey products that ask a question: Do you want white meat or dark meat? Because if you like white meat turkey, this is by no means the one to reach for. In fact, you have two solid options for white meat turkey: Trader Joe's Turkey and Stuffing en Croute or Trader Joe's Half Turkey Breast. Both solid options.
Trader Joe's thought about all these half turkeys and probably realized that some people might prefer the drumsticks. And who wouldn't when you take a good look at that bag?
Those drumsticks look like they belong on a Norman Rockwell painting.
The final product on these didn't quite match the glossy, deeply hued, and caramelized outside of this bag. Not since I tried the shrimp tacos was a stunned to see such a disparity between the image on the bag and final product.
But the description on the back will give you the heads up, assuming you know what it is.
On the back of the bag it mentions this product is prepared sous vide. If you've never cooked sous vide, then allow me to explain.
Sous vide is the fancy term for a device that keeps water a certain temperature which allows a product to cook for longer and slower than it would had you put it in an oven or any other heating situation (including a slow cooker) while also ensuring the final product reaches a safe to eat temperature.
You can sous vide just about anything: veggies, meat, or even pasteurize eggs.
This is done by placing the item into a vacuum sealed bag and submerging it for hours. You are literally slowly bringing the item up to whatever temperature the water is set at.
I'm even the proud owner of one of these sous vide devices. If I'm doing a big dinner this tends to be the way that I go. Throw everything in individual bags with seasonings and herbs and remove when company gets there. It's very forgiving cooking method.
While it will keep meat the perfect temperature, it does not brown, and it doesn't make skin crisp.
The magic that is the Maillard Reaction does not happen.
So if taste is everything and visuals are unimportant, then look no further. The meat here is super tender and decently seasoned.
But it isn't pretty.
But it is already fully cooked. And for those who are afraid to handle raw meat, this isn't a bad option. These just wouldn't fly compared to the ones you get at Disney or a Fair. Those are way better looking. But might not have these beat.
For $5.49 per pound this is fairly priced. But this is one of those times where I found the moisture level of this part of the turkey equal to what is usually the drier part of the turkey. Odds are both this and the half turkey breast are both probably prepared the same way.
Would I buy this again? I'm more of a white meat person, unless it is chicken thighs, for me this is a no. I didn't mind the taste of it, but I would be way disappointed in this if I allowed myself to eat with my eyes.
The bag of Trader Joe's Braised Turkey Drumsticks:
Calories and ingredients
How Trader Joe's prepared this:
Out of the package you get:
After being heated up with a side of Trader Joe's Scalloped Potatoes with Quattro Formaggio:
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Trader Joe's Braised Turkey Drumsticks
Product Name: Trader Joe's Braised Turkey Drumsticks
Product Description: Fully cooked herbed drumsticks
Price: $5.49 per pound
The already cooked braised turkey drumstick option
- Two tasty drumsticks are in this pouch
- Reasonably priced at $5.49 per pound for the dark meat lover
- If you eat with your taste buds and not with your eyes, then this is a good option
- Looks absolutely nothing like the picture perfect turkey on this bag
- The inside pouch seemed leaky.