There’s more than one way to cook a turkey

By The Mercury

If you’ve ever been baffled by the complicated process of preparing Thanksgiving dinner, here’s something that might make you feel better.

A class of pre-school students (4 and 5 years old) at Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan was asked to describe how they would cook a turkey. Here are their responses.

“I got a turkey at Hy-Vee far away. My mommy cooked it for 40 minutes, I think. It went in the oven right in the bottom and then my daddy put it at the top of the oven. We cut it into a shape of a castle and put peanut butter pudding on it. It went to the side of the counter up high so my brother wouldn’t get it. When he was in bed, we ate it so it was fair.”

— Elizabeth Fuller


“I got a turkey at the bakery in North Dakota. I put it in the oven. I use brown sugar and some sugar for the turkey. I cook it for 50 and 60 minutes and then I take it out of the oven and cool it. Then I ate it.”

—  Michael Hamer


“A store is fun because that is where you get toys and food. I got a turkey and we cooked it at our house. I like turkey. We put pretzels on it and cooked it in the oven for 5 minutes.”

— Gabrielle Marlin


“At Walmart I bought a turkey. We took its feathers off then we took the head off with my dad’s sharp sword. Then we put it in a pan and cooked it for 70 minutes. When it was done we took it out and had it for lunch.”

—  Owen Propp


“I went to the bakery and got some turkey. You put it in the oven for 10 minutes. We let it cool down and then we eat it.”

—  Jaxson Arnold


“I found a turkey at the store and paid for it. I took it home then I put it in the oven at 510 degrees with salt on it. I cooked it for 15 minutes. I ate it on a plate at home.”

—  Makenna Dobson


“My daddy shot a turkey and cooked it. He takes off the feathers. He put it in the fridge then he cooked it for about 2 hours and then we eat it.”

—  Elliott Knarzer


“At the grocery store I bought a turkey. I cooked it in the really hot oven for 10 minutes. My mom just cut it and then we just eat it.”

—  McKenzie Malone


“At the store we bought a turkey. We took the feathers out and then we had to take out the skin. We have to take out the eyeballs because we don’t want to eat eyeballs. We put it in the oven for 9 minutes and then we took it out and it was hot.”

—  Harvey Anspaugh


“We sometimes get a turkey at Hy-Vee. We cook it in the oven that’s really hot. It cooks for one day. We take it out of the oven when it’s done, and we eat it.”

—  Evan Hrinda


“I got a turkey at the fields. You can put sugar on it. You cook it at 230 degrees for 80 minutes. You eat it.”

—  Myla Bennett


“We use flour first. Then we get the turkey out and put it in the flour. Then we put it in the pan. Then we turn it on 1 minute. Then we take it out of the oven. Then we put it on the counter. And then, it’s done!”

—  Hannah Hamer

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