Meet Peanut Butter and Jelly, Two Turkeys Being Pardoned by President Joe Biden for Thanksgiving

by Lauren Boisvert
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Two turkeys from Jasper, Indiana are getting the Peanut Butter Jelly Song stuck in my head again like it’s 2004. That would be Peanut Butter and Jelly, of course, the two turkeys who President Biden will pardon leading up to Thanksgiving.

Peanut Butter and Jelly are two striking turkeys; they are broad-breasted white turkeys, the breed most commonly used for meat. But they are also beautiful to look at, with their all-white plumage. The White House released a short video of the turkeys getting acclimated before the pardoning ceremony.

After the ceremony, the turkeys will travel back to Indiana to live out their days at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and Education Center.

The turkey pardoning tradition didn’t become a regular occurrence until the 1989 H.W. Bush administration. Bush stated then, “But let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy—he’s presented a Presidential pardon as of right now—and allow him to live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here.”

Secret to Getting Perfectly Golden Brown Turkeys on Thanksgiving

If you’re not in the pardoning mood and you’re looking for a turkey recipe instead, look no further. According to Butterball, the secret to getting that golden crispy skin on your bird isn’t drenching it in its own juices. It’s actually butter.

Before you break out the turkey butter sculpture, know that it’s best to use clarified butter or high-heat oil. Clarified butter has a higher smoke point, around 482 degrees, so it won’t burn as quickly as regular butter. We’re looking for crispy, not charred.

Additionally, when you open the oven a million times to baste your bird, you let heat escape and mess with the cooking temperature. This slows down the cooking process and could leave you with an underdone bird. According to Butterball, the skin on a turkey acts like a “raincoat” and the juices just roll right off anyway. It’s best to slather your bird in butter, pop it in the oven, and just leave it alone. It’ll be hard, I know, but seriously, leave it alone, let it cook. You’ll thank us later.

Costco’s Famous Pumpkin Pie Has Been On Shelves Since September

Now that we’re getting down to the wire on Thanksgiving, it’s time to get our pies, and Costco brought back a staple a whole two months before the holiday. With an Instagram post on September first, Costco announced the return of their famous pumpkin pies. Last year, the price went up from $5.99 to $6.99, but that shouldn’t stop pumpkin pie devotees.

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