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Culinary no-no #360

Culinary no-no's


Time once again to head south to one of the happiest places on Earth…

Sure would love to be at Walt Disney World right about now. No snow. No ice. No frigid temperatures.

Lots of fun rides and attractions and yummy treats.

Yeh, gotta have one of those.

The Dole Whips are nice, too.

And of course, visit any Disney theme park and you’re bound to see…

A guest chomping on the famous turkey leg. I've never had one, though I'd love to try.  Personally I'd prefer a new snack sold at the Magic Kingdom...

The roasted pork shank. But there’s no doubting the massive popularity of Disney’s jumbo turkey leg, a pound and a half of bird.


They’re inescapable. If you don’t see one being devoured, you can’t help but smell the aroma wafting through the park. And the inevitable gift shop.

What makes the flavor so desirable? This comment was posted on the Internet:

They inject them with a saline brine solution (yes, they did show this on one of the Travel Channel shows), and smoke them for I believe 6 or 7 hours. The saline injection is what helps keep them moist, as it draws the moisture into the turkey leg

That turkey leg was DELISH!!!!

Care to guess how many of those lip-smacking legs are consumed? The New York Times in a recent feature article supplied the answer:

“The (Disney) company in 2013 is likely to serve up an astounding two million of its jumbo turkey legs — bulbous, chewy, piping hot drumsticks the size of Fred Flintstone’s forearm. That is 25 percent more than three years ago.”


OK, you’ve endured the customary lengthy culinary intro. What’s the no-no?

For the longest time the trend in the food industry has been to offer healthier options. Disney is no exception.

Each salted, brined turkey leg contains over 700 calories and 36 grams of fat. Never mind that all that weary walking you do in the park will burn it off. Despite the windfall those legs bring in, the powers that be in the Mouse House are concerned that this phenomenon will make patrons forget all they’ve done to provide healthier alternatives.

“Our guests have come to demand these legs,” said Robert R. Adams, Walt Disney World’s executive chef. “And they don’t want to walk across the park to get one, either. When they want one, they want one now.”

That’s absolutely correct. So it’s somewhat mind-boggling that, according to the NY Times, Disney has shut down a stand that sells the legs at dinnertime, forcing leg-starved guest to do what Adams says they don’t want to do…hike across the park to another stand.

Why, in the interest of promoting fruits and veggies must guests who prefer the unhealthy option be inconvenienced?

An engineer who once did a lot of work for Disney once told me, “There are three ways to do things. The right way. The wrong way. And the Disney way.”

There’s more.

In response to the NY Times piece,
someone had to moan and groan and complain.

Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns. I bet she's a real riot at parties.

So it's come to this. A turkey leg at Disney is controversial.



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