Well it is that time of year when I’m starting to plan the big “T-day”. (With travel and work, I have to start now).
Where are people getting their turkeys and what types are you planning on purchasing? Are you pre-ordering your bird or just hoping they will have what you want when you go to buy?
Last year I bought my turkey from Pete and Jens Backyard birds locally. You do need to pre-order. I believe last year I got an “heirloom” bird, which is essentially a cross between a broad breasted white (regular grocery store birds) and a heritage breed (one of the designated actual “old world” turkeys before they started all the inbreeding to get huge breasts). A few years ago I cooked 4 turkeys to do a side by side comparison of the various types of birds. Given the price differences we all decided that the “heirloom” was a better value than a true heritage, with little flavor or texture differences, but they are both still much more expensive than a standard organic broad breasted white. So we were ultimately torn, but decided we wouldn’t do a heritage again unless it was a good bonus year. (I don’t remember the relative cost differences anymore but they were substantial.
Anyone have a great Boston source that you use? I may end up back at Whole Foods (assuming they do that here in Boston - they did back where I used to live) . . . . .