Glad You Asked: What are turkey giblets?

Nov 5, 2007 Full story: Racine Journal Times 23

Many of us have pooh-poohed giblets for years, likely without knowing what they are. via Racine Journal Times

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Rachel terry

Glenwood, NY

#1 Nov 16, 2007
I like pie!!!!!!!!!!

Dallas, TX

#3 Nov 16, 2007
No Ma'am. The Giblets are the edible offal of a fowl, typically including the heart, gizzard, liver, and other visceral organs. The term is culinary usage only; zoologists do not refer to the "giblets" of a bird. Giblets is pronounced with a "soft g" sound (jib-lit) as opposed to a "hard g", as in gizzard.

So enjoy those fine giblets this Thanksgiving people!
Harold Glackin


#4 Dec 24, 2007
Look your all wrong, i worked in a meat abador for years and the giblets are the liver and the feathers of the turkey mushed up. Best served with vodka just before your dinner mmmmmm vodka how i would love some right now.Call me 07935100198
Lee Elliott

San Francisco, CA

#6 Nov 27, 2008
Are you all nuts?

The giblets include all the remains of the butchering process. These often include anything swept from the floor. Since the reign of King James, these must be included, in a paper bag, inside the gutted turkey. Traditionally, fingers of Hispanic workers and slaves would find their way into the mix and mean good luck for the new year for those who pluck them from their teeth.

The traditional dish of giblets is served the next day as breakfast, the famous poem, "Ode To A Giblet Bag, Oh, Nonny-Noh!" is read out. Prepare with equal measure of porridge oats and drizzle with honey.
you well never know

Norwell, MA

#7 Nov 25, 2009
I LOVE PIE!!!!!!!!!!

Oldbury, UK

#8 Dec 24, 2009
lillebelle is right giblets r the organs in the bird left

Milford, NH

#9 Mar 10, 2010
my brother said it the downy thing
Giblet Girl

East Hanover, NJ

#10 Nov 22, 2010
I don't know who to believe? I sort of think it is the red thing hanging down from the turkey's face but I'm not really sure.
Giblet Girl

East Hanover, NJ

#11 Nov 22, 2010
Never mind, I did research and the red hangy thing is a different part. The giblets are the insides of the turkey.

United States

#12 Nov 25, 2010
could it be the parts you would never eat if you knew what they really were?

Paterson, NJ

#13 Nov 23, 2011
Giblets are good who knos what they r but I'm drinking vodka so hopefully it be better lol

San Marcos, TX

#14 Nov 23, 2011
this is the linning of the scrotum
Turkey butcher


#15 Dec 20, 2011
The giblets are the baby bits

Toronto, Canada

#16 Dec 20, 2011
the jiblette is the back toe (almost like a thumb) on the goos'es feet. they go very well will vodka. the way my friends and me like to enjoy this is by setting the jiblette on fire then submerging in the shot glass. it gets you FUUUHHHCKKKED. im so fucked rite now. hit me up boys!!! 07935100198

Toronto, Canada

#17 Dec 20, 2011
Turkey butcher wrote:
The giblets are the baby bits
the jiblette is the back toe (almost like a thumb) on the goos'es feet. they go very well will vodka. the way my friends and me like to enjoy this is by setting the jiblette on fire then submerging in the shot glass. it gets you FUUUHHHCKKKED. im so fucked rite now. hit me up boys!!! 0793510019

Las Vegas, NV

#18 Dec 24, 2011
Yo, the gibs are the testicals silly kids, now relax, grab a beer and a nice pair of balls for dinner.

Roanoke, IN

#19 Apr 4, 2012
The only thing i have came to realize is vodka is awesome...f**k giblets

United States

#20 Oct 15, 2012
There once was an old couple who had been married for thirty years.
Every morning the old boy would wake up and give off an enormous fart, much to
his long suffering wife's annoyance.
"You'll fart your guts out one of these days," she always complained.
After a particularly bad week the wife decided to have her revenge and got up
early, placing some turkey giblets in the bed next to the old boy's arse.
While making breakfast downstairs she heard his usual morning fart reverberate
through the floorboards followed by a scream.
Twenty minutes later a rather shaken man came downstairs.
"You was right all along Missus," the old man says, "I finally did fart my
guts out, but by the grace of God, and these two fingers, I managed to push
'em back in!"

Vacaville, CA

#21 Nov 16, 2012

Cleveland, OH

#22 Nov 21, 2012
Giblets are the "other" pieces and parts (i.e., the neck, gizzard, liver, and heart).

Make giblet broth by simmering 6 1/2 cups of chicken stock or broth with the giblets, 2 medium carrots (peeled & cut into 4 pieces each), 1 celery stalk (quartered), and fresh parsley sprigs in a large pot until gizzard is tender--skimming surface occasionally (about 1 hr., 30 minutes).

Strain broth into a large measuring cup, reserve neck and giblets (if you plan to remove the meat from the neck and chop it up with the giblets to add to your gravy), and discard veggies. Add more stock or boil down to measure 3 1/2 cups liquid. Add this giblet broth after you make a roux with your pan juices for the best turkey gravy ever!!(Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit's November 1989 issue).

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