I haven't been able to get the hang of using the Turkish cast on. I guess once we find something that works for us, the motivation to learn something new goes down. Maybe that's why I haven't kept trying.
With either cast on, there are no crochet stitches to mess around with and then pick out.
I think TECHknitter said she just knits some extra rows at the start then cuts the yarn and ravels it out to leave live stitches she can put on a needle. I'm not certain it was TECHknitter, but I did read about it.