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Old 10-31-2007, 09:45 PM   #11
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That little 33 lbs of turkey is a peewee compared to the "Loveless" turkey that I used to
get back in the 60`s we had a hen that weighted over 50lbs. and the young toms would
get up to 98 lbs. these were the "loveless Broadbreasted turkey`s from Dinuba Ca." the
only place in the world that had these and like she said about thw 33 pounder these came out so nice and tender and juicy. I think maybe the go under the Norbest Brand now. I am not sure because it been such along time ago.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:29 PM   #12
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A turkey is a turkey to me! I fry some, and BBQ roast others...I can't really tell a difference. I did find this site interesting reading!

Norbest: Turkey Facts - Quick Facts
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:01 AM   #13
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That little 33 lbs of turkey is a peewee compared to the "Loveless" turkey that I used to
get back in the 60`s we had a hen that weighted over 50lbs. and the young toms would
get up to 98 lbs. these were the "loveless Broadbreasted turkey`s from Dinuba Ca." the
only place in the world that had these and like she said about thw 33 pounder these came out so nice and tender and juicy. I think maybe the go under the Norbest Brand now. I am not sure because it been such along time ago.
For real? A 50 - 100 lb. turkey? How the heck did you fit it in the oven? Still, I'd love to get my hands on one of those because I'll bet it makes the most dramatic Thanksgiving spread ever!!!
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:45 PM   #14
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the first and probably the best turkey I ever had was a 32 lb hen. from loveless farms in
Dinuba, Ca. that is where at the time Loveless processed there turkey`s and i had just
started working there right out of high school, still 17 yrs old. they would sell those turkey eggs 105.00 a piece. then I think they moved to selma, ca to Norbest processing.
I have`nt had a loveless turkey in yrs. a 50lb tom will fit in your oven but nothing else.
with all the racks removed.
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:26 PM   #15
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We just buy what's on sale. The store brands really are as good as the Butterballs.
I've never met a turkey I didn't like.
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:40 PM   #16
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When I was a kid we raised turkeys. Dad wanted to butcher before they got to big the smallest was 27 pounds and the largest was around 35 pounds and ever since I have considered them MOST FOWL I will not eat one, I eat long island duck 2 if we have company Thank you very much
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:28 AM   #17
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Have not tried the Whole Foods turkey, usually just buy a bird.

For a number of years we lived near a turkey farm (called green acres, really) and would often purchase one from them. They even smoked them for you if desired, which we often did, but not for T-day.

They were not organic, but they sure were tasty. We truly thought they were better than most of the birds we find in the markets. Whether that opinion would have stood the challange of a blind testing, have no idea.

We are about 30 miles from a Whole Foods, maybe we'll order one.
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:48 PM   #18
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I've never tried a smoked turkey or deep fried. Seems people are trying new things to the birds to stray away from the oridinary traditional recipes. This is our 1st year to break tradition with trying the 2-hour recipe. I have heard good things about it, so I don't see bad results. Our boss is trying it for the second year, so it can't be bad, right? :-p
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:47 PM   #19
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I deep fry my turkeys, I have alwys baked them before and I got a deep fryer and I would
buy a couple of 12 lb hens, it took 35 minutes for each one. and everybody loved it. I
still like to bake them, but this year I am going to do both. deep fry one and bake one.
I have to have enough leftovers for frozen dinners and sandwiches. happy holliday`s.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:06 PM   #20
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I've never tried a smoked turkey or deep fried. Seems people are trying new things to the birds to stray away from the oridinary traditional recipes. This is our 1st year to break tradition with trying the 2-hour recipe ....
LOL - if my memory of American history serves me right .... the original T-day (1621AD) birds were roasted over wood fires .... so perhaps smoked turkey is actually going back to a more original flavor than what you get straying away from the ordinary traditional recipes by roasting in a new fangled gas or electric oven, or one of those electric roasters?

Now, back to BreezyCooking's original question ... my favorite brand is the one that I get free for spending $50 - or did until a couple of years ago when it seems everyone around here quit doing that. Before that, we aways got a free turkey at work ... and I wasn't going to turn it down because it wasn't a certain brand.

The best turkeys I've ever had were the fresh free-range birds my uncle raised on his turkey and egg farm. Of course, back then, free-range is how they were all raised ...
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