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ordering my thanksgiving turkey from the la jolla whole foods again or no???

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I ordered the turkey ahead of time last year from whole foods and it was delish. i was wondering if anyone else knows of a better spot to go to? i cant recall the name of the turkey but it was like $60 for there smallest one. I dont really care about price as much as quality.

When do they start accepting orders for htese things anyway? i was in there today and they werent taking orders yet that i saw.

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  1. If you liked it, why not do it again? $60isn't too bad for an heirloom, heritage or free-range bird.

    1. We get our turkey from www.cajunturkeyco.com. They Fed Ex deep fried turkeys. Their spicy deep fried turkey is the BEST! Moist, gently spicy meat. I think it's something around $75, including shipping.

      1. There are the heritage turkeys that are older breeds and not overly hybridized to produce extraordinary amounts of breast meat. The other fairly popular bird is from Diestel. This is an organic, free-range turkey grown in California.

        I've had both an I actually prefer the Diestel to the heritage turkey. All the usual meat outlets usually carry both Diestal and heritage. Neither is inexpensive.

        1. If it is good then it is worth it. I ordered mine from Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad before, also from T&H Prime meats in San Marcos. They are never cheap but i think better for sure.

          1. Seisels carries nice free range and conventional turkeys around T-giving.

            1. I must admit that free range birds are much tastier than others. Before Thanksgiving, you might want to try out this method: Get a cheap, frozen turkey that does NOT have butter injected into the meat, ie, Butterball. Brine it in a salt solution (you can find the proportion of water, kosher salt and brown sugar on the Internet) and roast it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, not 180 degrees as old cookbooks or what your grandmother told you to overcook the bird. It would be moist and flavorful. Before roasting, rinse off the brine, coat with olive oil (butter solids burn on the skin with brown speckles) and roast. This is how The French Laundry Restaurant in Yountville cook the best tasting roast chicken in the world. Turkey is the same with some fresh herbs on top of the turkey as it cooks. We toured the restaurant and kitchen the day after Thanksgiving last year and the staff was having their lunch with turkey done this way with dressing, not stuffing. Magnificent.

              1. You may want to check out the turkey ratings recently published in Cooks Illustrated. Interesting to see how they rated turkeys, based on their taste tests.