Getting psyched up for Thanksgiving. Usually we get some type of fresh organic possibly free range bird and we are always happy with them. This year I am contemplating a Heritage Bird. 2 questions for my fellow hounds.
I've heard a heritage bird can be gamey. What is your take? This doesn't bother me at all, just curious.
More importantly, can anybody recommend an internet site where I can get a fresh heritage variety turkey delivered. Can't find any, only found one site but they were frozen.
While I'm at it, let's throw a third question out there. I've preferred fresh but do you really think it makes a difference?
In my experience heritage birds have more taste. I wouldn't call it gaminess, but then again I like game. The best turkey I've ever had was a Red Bourbon from a vendor at my farmers' market, and it was a smash hit, including with the 3-year-old crowd.
Re fresh v. frozen, when I get turkeys from my market vendor, they are generally frozen. Since I have to pick them up on Saturday or Sunday, it's not a problem to let them thaw. I think any marginal impact on texture etc is more than offset by the much better taste and quality of the meat (I would say this for chickens as well).