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Peter Whittall on knives and turkey

The Story

With a sharp knife and a sure hand, anyone can carve up a turkey with ease. Don't concern yourself with who wants white meat or dark: that's for the missus to sort out. And don't waste the legs on the kids - they can't even tell the difference between a wing and a drumstick! In this 1962 clip from CBC-TV, the jocular yet reassuring Peter Whittall, better known as Mr. Fix-It, helps householders get a handle on the holiday dinner's main attraction.

Medium: Television
Program: Mr. Fix-It
Broadcast Date: Dec. 19, 1962
Hosts: Rex Loring, Peter Whittall
Duration: 11:18

Did You know?

• Eating turkey has been a Thanksgiving tradition in North America since the 1600s. By 1916, the American holiday was sometimes referred to as Turkey Day. According to Statistics Canada in 2002, Canadians consume more than 130 million kilograms of turkey each year, with consumption peaks during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

• According to the Encyclopedia of Christmas, turkey was a Christmas dish as early as 1573, not long after the bird (a native of Mexico) was first introduced in Europe.

• In 1851 the British royal family launched a trend when turkey replaced swan as its fowl of choice at Christmas. (The eating of swan was illegal for everyone but royalty.) For everyone else, goose was the favoured poultry before turkey came into vogue.

• A more recent fashion in holiday fowl, mostly in the southern United States, is the "turducken," a dish for ambitious chefs. It consists of a small boned chicken stuffed inside a boned duck stuffed inside a partly boned turkey. A sausage stuffing is also layered between the birds.





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