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Nov 20, 2009 03:05 PM

What the heck is an Amish turkey?

Can anyone tell me what an Amish turkey is? Is it just a turkey raised by Amish people? I've ordered one for T-Day, but the person behind the counter at the market had no clue what one was when I asked. I can't find any information online, other than people reccommending them. So what the heck is the difference between an Amish turkey and any other type of bird?

Amish jokes tolerated but serious answers very much appreciated--I'd like to resolve this mystery!!

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  1. Yes indeed, it is a turkey raised on an Amish-run farm. The meat market down the road from me sells all Amish-raised poultry, and the appeal, to me, is the fact that they're raised in the traditional, old-fashioned way.

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    1. re: LauraGrace

      Don't bet on the turkey having had an idyllic life on Old McDonald's farm, unless you have researched the source for yourself. Amish communities are now operating puppy mills, supplying pet shops and directly selling dogs online (the computers are kept in barns or other out-buildings if the operators do not electrify their home.) Since that is going on, I have my doubts that the food animals are well-treated before slaughter.

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      1. A plain turkey cooked in a (Pennsylvania) Dutch oven?

        Seriously, there are several recipes online for "Amish Turkey". Here is a link to one of them.

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          1. This is just my guess. Free range turkey raised by Amish people.