Kindergarteners share how to cook a turkey

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Students in Rebecca Penning’s kindergarten class at Century Elementary School in Park Rapids shared their unique perspective on how to make a turkey – just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Jacob Adelman: You grow a turkey. Take out their feathers and you cook them for 14 minutes, or maybe 40. You might put on salt. Then you use an electric knife, or your favorite knife, and you cut the turkey. Then eat the turkey!

Brighton Berg: I put my turkey in the stove and wait until it gets warm. I will give it 15 seconds. Put on a tiny bit of salt. I think that’s all; eat it!

Jonathon Castro Gomez: No turkey! Buy a chicken at Walmart and eat it.


Weston Chase: Put it in the oven at 20 degrees. Take it out in one minute. You cut tiny pieces of it and eat plain.

Zuri Finch: Get a turkey from the grocery store, Coborn’s, it’s in Park Rapids. After you buy the turkey, you have to put it in the oven for 60 minutes. You can get it hot by pressing the hot button. After you take it out, you have to let it cool off because I said it’s going to be hot. You can put hot sauce on it and spices, like pepper.

Zendaya Hallerstrom: You bake your turkey in a pot. You put sauce on it, like hot sauce, and bake it for 5 minutes. Make sure it’s 50 degrees. You have to make sure what temperature it is and make sure it’s not frozen.

Nathan Henderson: Grandma makes the turkey. I don’t know how.

Isabelle Keller: I definitely know how to make a turkey. So, you put it in the oven for 6 minutes and you put it in at 6 degrees and you wait 60 minutes. And you stick a thermometer in it. It needs to be about 20 degrees to 30 degrees. Then you might want to put some barbecue sauce on it – that’s how I like it, but you might want paprika or some cheddar cheese. The last ingredient on top is cinnamon and sugar.

Asher Kocka: Wait for it to not be frozen anymore and after that you should put it in the oven. Turn on the oven to hot.

Silas Kreger: So, probably, at Walmart you can look for a turkey aisle. You can take it home and cook it and get it a diameter thing that’s just for turkeys. You can feel it with your hand and check the temperature of it. But if it’s too hot or too cold, you can put it in for another minute. Then you can eat it. You can put barbeque and salt on it.

Henry Mack: So you have to buy a turkey and put it in the oven and put seasoning on it, like turkey seasoning. And then you put a temperature on it, 35 degrees. Put it in the oven for 5 minutes. You have to set it on the table and then the visitors will come.


Isabella Martin: Get a turkey at Walmart and then I would cook it for 5 or 6 hours or 7 or more. Then I would take it out and get all the stuff on it. We could have a little sauce on the bottom, like tomato sauce. You could squeeze some lemons on it, if you like.

Hailey Meier: You have to put in some sauce before you put it in the oven, just to make it a little good. After it comes out you put some salt on it and then some pepper. Then you put sugar and cinnamon on it. Then you put some little decorations, like fake little turkeys, on top of it.

Espen Miller: Put the turkey in the oven and then we see how hot it is. Make sure it’s the right temperature, 50 degrees.

Emma Morse: You should buy it (turkey) from ACE Hardware. Then you have to cook it for 40 minutes. It should be 19 hot. Then the spices you put on it is hot peppers or like seeds. And then the next thing you need is you have to take it out of the oven when you’re done cooking.

Emma Nuthak: Buy a turkey at Coborn’s. Put it in the oven when it’s hot for a few hours. Put sprinkles on it.

Blake Randall: Get a turkey from Coborn’s and put it in the oven. And cook it and put it on a plate and eat it. Put on some sugar.

Mason Rocha: Get a turkey at Walmart. Maybe it has to be at 50 degrees in the stove for 2 seconds. Shake on some salt and check on the temperature. Maybe it should be 90 degrees. I never ate a turkey before.

Brynlee Simpson: You cook your turkey for 40 minutes in the oven. Put it at 60 degrees in the oven. Put salt on it and a little bit of vinegar. Cut it up after you let it cool down.


Viviyan Spragg: Buy it at Walmart. Put barbeque sauce on the turkey. Put it in the oven. Leave it in for 10 minutes. Put the stick in it; it tells you how hot it is. It’s ready to eat.

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