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Where are Fresno/Clovis Chowhounds getting their turkeys?

glazebrookgirl Nov 5, 2007 08:13 AM

So I decided that I better decide what kind of turkey to order for Thanksgiving. This year I am responsible for the turkey, but because I have never done a turkey before, I was wondering where should I buy my turkey? I would love to know what my fellow Chowhounds are buying for Turkey Day. Heritage? Free Range? Organic? or is the Butterball okay? Please share your opinions/thoughts.

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    Gypsy1228 Nov 8, 2007 02:46 AM

    You may want to check out what they have at Bentley's. I just got their newsletter and I know they are carrying several different ones. Also, FYI, they are having their one year anniversary on Saturday. Lot's of samples, etc. Unfortunately, I will be out of town and will miss it.

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      tavmark Nov 5, 2007 08:42 AM

      Last year I wanted a fresh turkey so I placed an order with Catalanos. I think it was for a Heritage. Perhaps I was naive, but I thought that a fresh turkey meant it wasn't frozen. But the one I received (and it was over 20 pounds) was frozen. Still not sure if it was blast chilled or what but it was a good thing I picked it up a day or so before I had planned to. As far as the quality and taste, it was good but to me not noticeably superior from others I have had in the past.

      Oh, if you can - definitely brine the bird before cooking it.

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      1. re: tavmark
        KenWritez Nov 6, 2007 09:53 AM

        Was the turkey organic?

        Fresh turkeys are still always frozen. IIRC, there's too much chance of pathogens blooming in non-frozen birds during shipping and storage prior to sale.

      2. The Chowhound Team Nov 5, 2007 08:23 AM

        Please keep replies focused on where to buy turkeys locally - discussions about what kind of turkey to buy belong on the General Topics board, where there is at least one discussion currently in progress:


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