My T-day dinner is actually 2 days before, on Tuesday, and I am working crazy hours before that, so I really need a fresh, prebrined bird.
I had asked on my regional board (SF Bay Area) where was the best place to buy a pre-brined, fresh turkey and the general consensus was TJ. I just got the flyer and the regular, fresh, pre-brined turkey will be $1.79 per pound, and a fresh, kosher turkey will be $2.29 per pound. My grandmother kept kosher and could tell the difference between a kosher turkey and one that wasn't, I presume b/c of the salting of the kosher turkey.
So I ask, what would be the difference between the 2 turkeys TJ is selling, and has anyone bought both and prefer one or the other? Price is not the issue, just quality, and I want to justify paying more if the kosher turkey actually will be better. I should add that I haven't cooked a turkey in over 15 years. I'm not afraid of doing it, but if a better quality/tasting bird will help the situation, then I'm going for that one.
Thanks for reminding me of this post, it was the deciding factor in choosing TJ over other places to buy the bird. But when I got to TJ, I saw that they had the kosher bird as well. Definitely going with the TJ brand since it seems to be foolproof. I think I will buy the bird Saturday night instead of Sunday, to make sure it isn't partially frozen and is completely thawed by Tuesday afternoon.
One thing to keep in mind especially if going at night and even more so if you want a bigger bird is to call ahead and have them put one in back for you. I found this out one year when all they had were really small ones by the time I went. I called around and another TJ store had a bigger bird and was happy to hold it for me. Being much smaller than a traditional supermarket the man at TJ's explained that they can only hold so many at a time and they have become really popular. Luckily they always get more in quickly!