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I need a turkey!

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Canadian Thanksgiving is tomorrow and because I am trying to be a good wife to my Canadian husband (and I have invited 8 people for dinner) I need a turkey! I didn't think it would be so hard to get one. I have tried 2 Whole Foods already. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. You might want to try other grocery stores? Safeway, lucky's, Lunardi's, Molly Stones, you get the picture.

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    1. re: chipman

      They may have parts but not likely fresh unfrozen whole. Defrosting a whole turkey for cooking tomorrow maybe difficult. There was a recipe for cooking parts separately and reassembling for presentation. Get a breast, a couple of drumsticks and some wings and arrange on serving plate.

    2. Berkeley Bowl usually has fresh turkeys as does Enzo's in Market Hall. They cut them up and sell parts rather than whole - they usually have more whole birds in the back.

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      1. re: mochimunchie

        As an aside, do folks generally find those Willie Bird turkeys they sell at Berkeley Bowl to be worth the price tag?

        1. re: abstractpoet

          Worth it compared to what? Turkeys run the gamut from 19 cents a pound for frozen turkeys on sale during Thanksgiving to heritage turkeys that can run upwards of $5 a pound. Yes, there's a difference. The last couple of years we've had heritage turkeys that have been the best I've ever cooked -- but I didn't pay for them, so I can't honestly say whether I think they would be "worth it" if I had to shell out the money myself. How big the difference between different grades of turkeys is and whether it's "worth it" is based on your own experience of the turkey and your own subjective assessment of "worth."

          But yes, the reason the Bowl sells so many Willie birds is that "folks generally" find them to be worth the price tag. If you do a search, there are lots of discussions about people's opinions of the various premium (nonheritage) turkeys available (Willie Bird, Diestel, Mary's, etc.).

          Here's a thread from last fall that covers the topic pretty thoroughly: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571142

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Thanks, Ruth. I guess I've made a fair number of turkeys in my day, with pretty good results, always with generic birds (Butterball and the like). Thinking about trying something somewhat higher end, but don't really want to break the bank either.

            I'll check out those other threads.