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whole smoked turkey

nonot Oct 6, 2009 03:30 PM

I want to buy a whole smoked turkey for a party (not Thanksgiving) I will be giving at the end of November. Where in Toronto should I buy it? Preferably downtown, but absolutely not Scarboro, Mississauga, etcetera.

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    robb RE: nonot Oct 6, 2009 03:49 PM

    Call DSM Foods 905-738-0611-caterers/brokers who supply lots of high end-grocers and restaurants (they provide Kaplansky's with pickles). Great products and they deliver. Have used them over 10 times and have never been disapointed.

    1. estufarian RE: nonot Oct 6, 2009 04:31 PM

      Viking on Laird.

      They also 'slice and reassemble' (additional cost) so you can just serve.

      I've been getting mine there for 15 years - and the carcass is the secret ingredient I use in my soups - make stock from it.

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        LJS2 RE: nonot Oct 7, 2009 12:41 PM

        I have seen them at Longos and, perhaps, Costco. They are from Brandts. You might want to give Brandts a call to see if they supply to any stores in your area.

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          embee RE: nonot Oct 7, 2009 01:19 PM

          Nortown has been consistently excellent (though I haven't had one in a few years). You must order these in advance. The "smoked turkey" they sell in the stores is deli meat. These are whole birds, pre-carved and reassembled.

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            nuts4food RE: nonot Oct 7, 2009 01:46 PM

            Steeles Deli has a good one as well. They must be ordered in advance.

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              mastereater RE: nuts4food Oct 7, 2009 06:24 PM

              caplanskys smokes there own try them!

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              youdonut RE: nonot Oct 8, 2009 05:28 AM

              this place will make one up for you they need 3 days advance notice though.


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                duckdown RE: youdonut Oct 8, 2009 02:25 PM

                +1 for lykn chicken

              2. Paulustrious RE: nonot Oct 8, 2009 05:47 AM

                I saw them yesterday in Scarborough so this doesn't help you. Fu Yao supermarket (Danforth Rd and Birchmount) at 3-99 a pound, non-frozen. Top shelf, For some reason I think they were near the dairy section.

                1. monku RE: nonot Oct 8, 2009 06:09 AM

                  Costco in the US carries whole smoked turkeys in the US around Thanksgiving time, maybe they have it in Toronto?
                  I've bought them and have been very satisfied with the price and quality.

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                    chickenmann RE: nonot Oct 8, 2009 02:09 PM

                    I buy my smoked turkey for xmas for years from here. Small but friendly place.


                    1. estufarian RE: nonot Nov 26, 2009 08:01 PM

                      Because Viking burned down this week, I need a substitute (fairly quickly).
                      Where did you eventually go - and how was it?
                      And if anyone else chimes in I prefer the 'sliced & reassembled' version.

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                        TorontoJo RE: estufarian Nov 27, 2009 04:03 AM

                        Give The Honey Glazed Ham Company a call. I've never had their smoked turkey, but their hams are outstanding.

                        Their web site sucks and it is impossible to find anything about their smoked turkeys, other than the fact that they have them. Easier to just call. With the hams, you can pick up directly from them (north of the airport), or you can order through the various stores that carry their products, which include Summerhill Market and Sherwood Market.


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                          estufarian RE: TorontoJo Nov 27, 2009 06:17 AM

                          Thanks - they currently have their phone switched to FAX - I'll try again later!

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                            robb RE: estufarian Nov 27, 2009 06:38 AM

                            Call DSM foods-905-738-0611. Have used them over 10 times and have always been very satisfied.

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                          embee RE: estufarian Nov 27, 2009 09:51 AM

                          I'd still suggest Nortown - order a whole bird sliced and put back on the frame. They don't stock these in their stores.

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                            juno RE: embee Nov 27, 2009 01:52 PM

                            I got a Nortown smoked turkey, sliced and reassembled, at the Bayview Ave. and York Mills Rd. branch, a couple of months ago. Ordered in advance, it was about 12 pounds (just about the smallest size you can order), cost $103 - and it was delicious. Can't wait for an excuse to do it again.

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                              estufarian RE: juno Nov 30, 2009 06:41 AM

                              Thanks guys,
                              Was out-of-town on the weekend and got a message from Lisa (from Viking).
                              Apparently they 'outsourced' the slicing/reassembling and we're chasing down the person who does that. However, Nortown is our 'strong backup' - we need about 10 birds (up to 300 people), so volume is an issue - and I've delegated the follow-up. But now the prospects are excellent, as the option to 'slice by contract' expands the turkey pool considerably.

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                                estufarian RE: estufarian Dec 2, 2009 09:20 AM

                                Thanks again,
                                Ordered 12 birds from Nortown. About 15% more expensive than Viking.
                                But we'll do the 'taste test' next week!

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                                  estufarian RE: estufarian Dec 14, 2009 07:44 AM

                                  First the good news. It's a good quality turkey, well-smoked and tasty.
                                  Now the 'bad'. The slicing is just OK. Slices are 2-3 times as thick as those I previously got from Viking, and less of the carcass was carved off.
                                  That's great for me who uses the carcass for my 'smoky stock' - and gives me more left-over turkey than I can ever eat.
                                  But for the event it meant we ran out of turkey about an hour earlier than 'normal' (people tend to get a 'couple of slices' (say) but with fewer slices available, the turkey disappeared too early).
                                  And - to emphasize, no complaints on the taste.

                                  Here's hoping that Viking gets back on its feet real soon.

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