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Old 11-24-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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So What About The Turkey?

I've read all about brining, recipes, and the best way to prepare a turkey but what about my first choice when I go pick up the little feller at the store. Organic, frozen, already brined, brands: Jenni-O, Butterball, etc. Anyone have any suggestions or favorites? Or doesn't it matter?

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Old 11-24-2008, 12:04 PM   #2
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After buying & enjoying our first fresh organic free-range turkey from Whole Foods several years ago, we'll never go back to any other. Worth every single penny & then some.
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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I always bought the store brand that was on sale, but DH usually buys Butterball.
As for free range, I had enough grasshopper chickens and turkeys when I was a kid.
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:32 PM   #4
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And I had enough hormone, antibiotic, & sodium/water/margarine-injected "self-basting" turkeys growing up as well. Now that I'm all grown up & know better - I'll never go back to either store brands or even name brands for whole turkeys again.

The organic free-range turkeys being sold today don't exactly come from a gaggle of scrawny birds picking grasshoppers out of an abandoned farmyard Constance. If you haven't tried one outside of when you were a kid, don't knock them.
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:39 PM   #5
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Milton the turkey was dispatched yesterday and has been hanging for me ... I will pick him up tomorrow and season him Wednesday for roasting Thursday. I agree with Breezy 100%

However, not everyone has WHole Foods or a free range farm nearby or the $$ to get such birds which are pricier for sure. That being said I would look for a brand that was saline injected (brined more or less) but not loaded with margarine like Butterball. (you can rub your own herbed butter under the skin if you so wish).

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Old 11-24-2008, 02:41 PM   #6
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We always get the free turkey at the supermarket. I don't know when is the last time I ever bought a turkey.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:22 PM   #7
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After buying & enjoying our first fresh organic free-range turkey from Whole Foods several years ago, we'll never go back to any other. Worth every single penny & then some.
And how many pennies exactly is it? Just wondering?
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:27 PM   #8
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Since it's just DH and me this year I bought a Honey Suckle young turkey only 11 pounds. Don't know if there is a difference between a young turkey or the other. Can anyone tell me if there is a difference?
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:49 PM   #9
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Just the 2 of us, so we bought a 10-12 pound fresh Hoka turkey. We'll pick it up at the butcher shop in the morning.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:52 PM   #10
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No difference. ALL commercial turkeys sold are "young". Stating it is just advertising.

As far as how much our fabulous organic free-range turkey is costing us CharlieD - $2.99/pound. And worth every single penny. From the first time we went out on a limb & ordered one about 8 years ago, we've never gone back. The flavor, the juiciness - which extend to the leftovers thricefold - make it worth every single penny. I'll NEVER go back to supermarket turkey for Thanksgiving. It's just that good.
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