That's called a Giblet: But Why?

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      jamesashley

      But why does she pronounce it with a hard "G"?

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      pm100

      its not D E C, its DEC rhymes with deck (of cards)

       

      and they didnt make big iron mainframes, they made mini computers

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      Laura10

      jamesashley- Both pronounciations are used...

      pm100- yes, they are called "mini computers" but they were HUGE!

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      rhm

      That's just a baby, the VAX 11/780 was huge - as big as a typical mainframe CPU cabinet. I've always heard the term 'big iron' in reference to mainframes, but wikipedia (based on the legendary jargon file) defines it more broadly.

       

      Oh dear, it's the Contra Code all over again... Smiley

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      rhm

      btw. the giblets you get with the turkey aren't necessarilly from the turkey you're buying? Eww. Do not accept!

       

      Not that giblets are anything but disgusting anyway.

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      Windbag

      No, in them days, that was NOT huge. I ran a 32-bit "mini-computer" in 1978 that took up one room for CPU and peripherals and one room for the 256KB of magnetic core memory (yes, 256KB, not GB - not even MB) We had a couple of PDP-8s that were the little guys, since they fit into one rack.

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      Windbag

      OOOH! I did NOT need to know THAT! Scared

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      aL_

      why does that matter though Smiley kinda strange when you think about it.. sort of like why ones spit is suddenly discusting when it leaves the mouth.  man im getting seriously off topic here Smiley

       

      the giblets are great for stock though, just leave then i the bottom of the pan and deglaze with stock or wine while the turkey is resting and you'll have a kick * gravy Wink

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      rhm

      It matters because if the giblets are seperated from the bird, you have no idea what the condition of the bird was that the giblets came from.

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      aL_

      i guess, but isnt that true for the actual bird as well? maybe its because its easier to tell if the actual bird is in good condition Smiley

      presumably there are an equal number of birds as there are sets of giblets, so it should balance out though Wink

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      Laura10

      Why wouldn't they keep the right giblets with the right bird? If the bird is "eatable" I'd assume the giblets were in good condition, no?

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      Diomedes

      Because they do sell the giblets by them selfs too. You can buy a package of, say, hearts or liver. Also, you can buy turkey parts too, turkey breast, drums, etc.

       

      Also, when they are cleaning the turkey, its now like one person opens it up, takes out ALL the insides, cleans the cavity, separates the good parts from the bad parts, and then put the good parts inside the turkey. Instead is a process done on an assembly line by several people and machines. So when they open it up, all the insides go together, and in a different process from what ever that turkey is going to be, either parts or complete, someone separates the good parts from the bad ones, clean them up and they end up all together. They bag then and THEN they go back into the turkey.

      Excuse me now while I go make myself a turkey sandwich. 

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