We might all think we know the true origin of Thanksgiving, but do we really? Here’s the story on exactly what inspired the very first Thanksgiving.
The Mayflower fleet hailed from Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers whose sights were set on Hudson Bay. The ship ending up settling in Massachusetts, establishing the “Plymouth” village.
Unfortunately, only about half of the settlers made it through the New England winter. In March, when the settlers began exploring the area, a member of the Abenaki tribe greeted them in English. He came back a few days later with Squanto by his side. Squanto was a Native American who had been through a harrowing journey, escaping slavery and finding his way back home from London.
Despite Squanto’s terrifying past with an Englishmen, he helped the Puritans without fear; showing them how to cultivate corn and catch fish, along with crucial survival skills. Because of Squanto’s generosity, the Pilgrims had their first successful corn harvest in November 1621. The Wampanoag tribe and the Pilgrims dined together for the first real Thanksgiving, representing an alliance that would last over 50 years.
The real Thanksgiving is truly all about giving, as proved by the Wampanoag tribe. So remember why we are saying thanks – those who never had to help, did.
For some families the way you cook your Thanksgiving turkey is just as important as the holiday itself. If your aunt insists on the standard roasted turkey that is constantly basted, yet it always comes out dry, see if you can convince your family to take over the turkey for this one year. Then, you can try one of these great alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. Tell you family that if they don’t love it, they can go back to their old ways next year.
- Brined. This is the preferred method for cooking celebrity Alton Brown. It promises a moist and flavorful turkey that won’t disappoint. And, you’ll still get that classic turkey-on-a-platter look. Just make sure you have a large container (like a new 5-gallon bucket) to hold the entire turkey plus the brine.
- Spatchcocked. With this method, you’ll probably end up feeling like a butcher, but it delivers an evenly-cooked turkey, which is key to not having one that is dried out. This detailed video will have you well on your way to a perfectly-cooked Thanksgiving turkey.
- Turducken. For something that will surprise everyone, stuff a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. This poultry masterpiece, if done correctly, will forever hand you the crown of Thanksgiving queen or king.
What is your favorite way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey? Comment below and tell us!