How to Clean Turkey Spurs

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Your turkey tag is punched. You’ve got the fan cleaned up and drying out. You toss the beard in the cigar box with all the other beards from over the years. But what about the spurs? Do you really need another pair of turkey legs drying out on a shelf in the garage or getting chewed up by the dog? Probably not. 
How To Clean Turkey Spurs

If you find yourself looking for a better way to save the spurs, we’ve got you covered. Paul Morrison shares a look at how he preserves the spurs to create a memory with meaning and purpose to look back on in the years to come. Check it out in the video below.

What You Need to Clean Your Turkey Spurs

The items you need to clean your turkey spurs are pretty simple and can likely be found around your home. Here’s a quick list of the items you’ll need to get started:

  • Knife
  • Saw
  • Super Glue
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Peroxide
How To Clean Turkey Spurs

Quick and Easy Steps to Clean Turkey Spurs

  • Begin by using a saw to cut the spur section of the leg away from the rest of the leg.
  • Use a knife to cut skin away from bone.
How To Clean Turkey Spurs
  • Boil in water to soften things up. This will allow you to remove the spur cap from the spur in a simple twist-and-pull motion.
  • After removing the spur cap, return the bone/spur to the boiling water a little longer.
How To Clean Turkey Spurs
  • You can now remove the spurs from the water and use the knife to clean/scrape any extra skin from the bone. 
  • Starting with a fresh pot water, add a cup of peroxide and return the spurs back into boiling peroxide for the next 10-20 minutes for the whitening process.
  • After boiling in peroxide, remove the spurs and let them dry on a paper towel.
How To Clean Turkey Spurs
  • Once dry you can use the super glue to glue spur caps back onto the spur.
  • Use the polish to add a little shine and sheen to the spur, and use a Sharpie to add a date or caption to the bone to preserve the memory.
How To Clean Turkey Spurs

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