Thanksgiving was something of a moveable feast for us – cooked in our home, served across the river. We haven’t done this before, but my mother does it all the time. Took the food hot from the oven, set it into laundry baskets and swaddled it in towels. I turned on the boot warmer in the truck (yes, I live a life so blessed with material things that I can put on warm bike shoes or ski boots any time I want) for good measure, but it wasn’t necessary. The food stayed warm that way for another hour, hardly lost any heat at all. Had our wonderful dinner, packed up, came home, and noticed that some of the turkey juice had leaked onto some of the towels. So, we washed them. And washed them. And then washed them again, and they still stunk of turkey juice. It’s really not quite like any other smell, and I don’t mean that in a good way. We’ve run them through with Oxyclean, with bleach, with powdered detergent. We’re getting ready to soak them in vinegar – anything to kill that smell! Lesson learned? Next time, get some dedicated turkey towels from the dollar store (but which I’m sure wouldn’t have worked as well.)
Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means that all across the country, people are wondering: how do you get the turkey smell out of the towels?