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Old 10-06-2021, 09:19 PM   #1
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Question. Where does one by a fresh turkey and is it worth the price difference?

Is it best to get one never frozen? Is that even a thing?



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Old 10-06-2021, 09:30 PM   #2
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Sobeys, Costco, Co-op, farmers markets (although you usually need to preorder) all sell fresh turkeys. Yes they are materially better. They are much more expensive, but I think they're well worth the extra cost.
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:33 PM   #3
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Best thing you can do is buy a fresh turkey and brine it for 24-48 hours.
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I have an order in at Spragg's Meat Shop on McLeod. They're fresh, locally farmed and never frozen. We've gotten ours from them for the last few years. Give them a call and see if they have extras.
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Spatchcocked. That's all that matters.
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:47 PM   #7
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A fresh turkey can spoil in only 1-2 days in the fridge. Careful.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/li...e45625827.html
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:55 PM   #8
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Spatchcocked. That's all that matters.
Yep, follow Kenji

https://www.seriouseats.com/how-to-s...y-spatchcocked
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Spatchcocking is the best but it is a hell of a job on a turkey.
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Old 10-06-2021, 10:30 PM   #10
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Nobody asked, but I'm delivering on the stuffing:


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Turkey sucks.
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Buy a turkey direct from farm.

Veg fed antibiotic free.
https://wintersturkeys.ca/thanksgiving-turkeys/

Best turkeys.
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A fresh turkey can spoil in only 1-2 days in the fridge. Careful.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/li...e45625827.html
I would have other concerns with this article. Who keeps their fridge above 41 degrees farenheit/5 degrees celsius? In that case, you should be worried about all the food in your fridge, not just the turkey.
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That was a terrible, insipid article.
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Old 10-07-2021, 08:32 AM   #16
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Best thing you can do is buy a fresh turkey and brine it for 24-48 hours.
Yup, I'm surprised how few people do this, it really is the difference maker for a good turkey.

Also, if you have the equipment, smoke that bad boy.
I've smoked a few turkeys and just about everyone in attendance usually mentions how it's the best turkey they've ever had.
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Buy a turkey direct from farm.

Veg fed antibiotic free.
https://wintersturkeys.ca/thanksgiving-turkeys/

Best turkeys.


I second this. EXCELLENT turkeys!
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get one of those deep fryers and fry it up - kentucky fried turkey is good eatin' friends
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Thanksgiving is all about the pie anyway. Pumpkin, lemon, chocolate, banana
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Wet brining is really difficult with a large turkey. Dry brining works as well and is much less messier.
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