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Basting the Bird: 1937

Basting the Bird: 1937

December 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Correct way to bake turkey. Miss Alexander removes the bird from oven and bastes it." View full size.

 

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"Lorain" Oven Heat Regulator

This tells a little bit about the temperature control of those old ovens:

Not for lifting

That oven may be fine for basting, but I wouldn't want to be the one to pick up a 400-degree 25-pound turkey plus sizzling grease from chin height, navigate it over that open door, and transport it safely to a hip-height table.

Not very safety-first

Anything that involves having a pan of scalding hot fat at eye-level for basting cannot be correct.

Hip Heat

Those are some very cool looking ovens. Looks like you could roast up a couple of buffalo in those things.

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