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jenniferdines Nov 17, 2006 01:26 PM

Where can I get a 6-8 lb. turkey?
The smallest I have seen is 9.5 lbs at the Village Market in Roslindale.
I am going out looking today, but if anyone knows a good place to start...

  1. kparke30 Nov 17, 2006 01:40 PM

    If you don't find a whole small turkey, you might try a turkey breast which would be more readily available in a supermarket. Some of them may average the 6lb range, but of course then there would be no thighs, legs or wings if that's what your after!

    Either way - have a good holiday - enjoy!

    1. HaagenDazs Nov 17, 2006 01:43 PM

      I say just go for the 9.5 lber. I think you'll be pretty hard-pressed to find a 6-8 pound turkey.

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      1. re: HaagenDazs
        Joanie Nov 17, 2006 01:55 PM

        It takes a while before I get sick of turkey. Go for the 3 extra lbs and have an extra sandwich or make some croquettes.

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        AnneM Nov 17, 2006 01:44 PM

        You could buy a small turkey breast and the legs seperately, that is if you want both white and dark meats.

        1. thegolferbitch Nov 17, 2006 01:46 PM

          Or you could do a plump roasting chicken...tends to be moister but it might be sacreligous on T-day. My very small family (mom, dad, me) used to do that when we were not hosting family from out of town.

          1. Karl S Nov 17, 2006 01:56 PM

            Get a fresh capon at Mayflower Poultry in East Cambridge. Far better than a large chicken or small turkey. Closed Sundays.

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              k206 Nov 17, 2006 02:04 PM

              I was able to order an 8lb bird from whole foods in cambridge (river st, though i'm sure you could get one from any WF) last year - worked out perfectly. I don't even think I ordered it very far in advance... worth a shot.

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                jenniferdines Nov 17, 2006 02:12 PM

                That is the first place I'm headed, but the WF in Brighton. I am going to try Whole Foods, Super 88, Brazilian Corner, and Trader Joe's.

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                kbw18 Nov 17, 2006 02:42 PM

                Whole Foods takes orders for fresh, free range birds. Last time I was there, <10 lbs. was an option. This was the River St. store in Cambridge, but I'm sure that the other ones do the same.

                1. Chris VR Nov 17, 2006 04:38 PM

                  I ordered my Turkey from J Pace & Sons yesterday and I think I saw smaller turkey sizes listed.

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                    chompie Dec 20, 2006 04:01 AM

                    I am trying to find one too, although i recall hearing that stop and shop carries a very small turkey i think from butterball. I think it may have been five lbs. Has anyone tried this? Also saw on line that Hannafords has a small turducken which i guess might be an alternative to a small turkey.

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                      jenniferdines Dec 20, 2006 02:02 PM

                      I never found a small turkey! I ended up buying a brined 12-lb. turkey at Trader Joe's. It was DELICIOUS, but we ended up throwing a lot of it away after a week or so.
                      C'est la vie!

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                        chompie Dec 30, 2006 06:41 AM

                        We ended up getting dad a cooked Butterball from Stop & Shop. He liked it. The butcher at Hannafords said they all sampled the turducken and everyone loved it and they were flying out of there, and they have cranberry apple bread stuffing or Louisiana rice stuffing and are about 3 lbs so might be the best choice for next year..

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