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Bringing a (cooked or frozen) turkey into Spain

Dec 21st, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Bringing a (cooked or frozen) turkey into Spain

This may go down as one of the strangest questions ever asked on this forum - but here goes ...

I'm flying to Barcelona to spend Christmas with my daughter - an American college student. She told me how she missed her turkey dinner on Thanksgiving so I thought I'd bring a turkey for Christmas (and maybe a few boxes of Stove Top stuffing). Am I insane to do this? More importantly, will I be able to do this? All suggestions will be appreciated.
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Dec 21st, 2005, 05:53 PM
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I can't answer the EU customs / import question, but let's assume for this discussion that it is ok.

A couple of questions you should ask your daughter first. Does she have access to a full kitchen, including roasting pan, full sized oven, posts, pans, etc? If not, then your options are much more limited.

If she does have access to a kitchen, I'd look to get a packaged 2-3lb turkey breast, maybe even a precooked one to bring with. Box of stove top, cranberry sauce, some gravy mix and you're good to go.

Another option would be to get a roasting chicken in Spain upon arrival at a market. I know turkey is a big part of Thanksgiving, but 'all the fixins', family, etc is actually what most people actually look forward to. A nice roast chicken would make a very good substitute, and give you and your daughter something to remember shopping in a Barcelona market for a fresh bird.

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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:35 PM
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According to this site, you cannot bring meat into any EU country.
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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:40 PM
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Turkey (pava) shouldn't be impossible to find in Spain, especially not at Christmas time. Bring your own can of cranberry sauce, though.

BTW, I miraculously managed to survive my junior year abroad (not in Spain) back in the Dark Ages without Thanksgiving dinner. I guess I just had a bad mother.
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Dec 21st, 2005, 06:41 PM
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That's "pavo" when typed correctly. Sorry.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:37 AM
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Hi T,

You certainly don't want to bring a cooked turkey.

To avoid the risk of food poisoning, your turkey should be taken from the freezer just before you leave for the airport.

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Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:14 AM
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Chicken substitute for turkey? Bah. Humbug.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:30 AM
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Make it goose instead; much more festive.

Barcelona is a big international city; are you sure she cannot find one there or order one from a good butcher?
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:31 AM
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whoa people. Read Scarlett's post. You can't import meat from outside the EU.

The only way this would work would be to fly to the UK, buy a turkey (as it's a British Christmas tradition too) and then take an internal flight to Spain.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:17 AM
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A couple of comments - it can't be done legally, and it even if it were, what would you do w/ it once you are in Spain?

If she is in a university hall, bed-sit, or a flat the kitchen will most likely be VERY small. The fridge will be miniscule so you couldn't store it after arrival, and the cooker/stove/oven will be tiny too.

I don't know about Barcelona - but many other major European cities have large ex-pat communities and some restaurants put on special Thanksgiving meals to serve them.

Maybe a Barcelona local will see your post -- or maybe re-post w/ a title something like "Finding a thanksgiving meal in Barcelona?"
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:31 AM
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Aside from it being illegal, is there any reason to think that you can't buy a turkey in Barcelona, fresh or frozen?
Lots of people around the world eat turkey.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:36 AM
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Why can't your daughter simply go down the road to any hypermarket and buy a turkey?

Or just go online and get one delivered?

€35 for a nice, ready stuffed, 3.6kg bird at any Spanish Carrefour. Doubtless cheaper at a market stall.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:42 AM
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Over 40 bucks for an 8 pound turkey? Holy, moly!!!! That's as bad as Japanese watermelon prices.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:01 AM
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"and maybe a few boxes of Stove Top stuffing'

That was a joke, right? Make the real kind or don't bother.
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Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:43 AM
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Are you sitting down, Rufus ? I'll be picking up my 4kg turkey tonight & it's costing me £65... (but then it is a Dinde de Bresse )
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