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Old 11-10-2005, 06:26 PM   #1
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Hen or Tom turkey?

Whats the difference? Besides male and female

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Old 11-10-2005, 06:42 PM   #2
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Although not all turkeys are labeled indicating whether the bird is a hen or tom, select a hen turkey if you want more white meat and a tom if you want more dark meat. Also check for the "sell by" date on the label of a fresh turkey. This date is the last day the turkey should be sold by the retailer. The unopened turkey should maintain its quality and be safe to use for one or two days after the "sell by" date.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:34 PM   #3
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Although not all turkeys are labeled indicating whether the bird is a hen or tom, select a hen turkey if you want more white meat and a tom if you want more dark meat. Also check for the "sell by" date on the label of a fresh turkey. This date is the last day the turkey should be sold by the retailer. The unopened turkey should maintain its quality and be safe to use for one or two days after the "sell by" date.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:46 PM   #4
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I always understood that the hens were the smaller birds, weighing between 12 and 18 lbs. Toms weigh more, between 20 and 25 lbs.
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:34 AM   #5
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That's right, Allen. I usually get a tom when I have a lot of people to feed. Years ago, toms tended to be less tender and juicy than hen's, but selective breeding and feeding methods have improved turkeys considerably, and toms are just as good as hens now.
A point to consider is that the larger the turkey, the less the meat costs per pound, so a tom can be the best buy.
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:56 AM   #6
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tom turkeys are from mars?
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Old 11-11-2005, 01:03 PM   #7
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I get one that is broadbreasted. Is that a hen or a tom? I'd think hen.
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Old 11-11-2005, 01:58 PM   #8
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I just get one that's about 12-13 pounds.
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Old 11-11-2005, 02:27 PM   #9
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The hen has a pink beak and Tom has a blue beak.
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Old 11-11-2005, 02:29 PM   #10
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I must buy a different breed of turkey from you. Mine never have beaks.
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