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Nov 14, 2010 11:45 AM

Fresh Turkey on the Outer Banks

We're heading to Corolla for Thanksgiving. Usually, I reserve and pick up a fresh turkey from Tommy's Market in Duck. I was wondering if anyone knows of a better source? I'd really like to avoid the overly injected Butterballs, etc.


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  1. When are you heading to Corolla and from what direction?

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    1. re: veganhater

      We're driving this Saturday from Philly, so down the Delmarva Peninsula/Bridge-Tunnel route to Wright Mem. Bridge.

      I'd pick something up here in Philly, but the house only has one fridge serving 8 adults, 3 kids, so I can't reserve that much space for that many days. For that reason, looking at getting something there on Tues or Wed.

    2. Harris Teeter can help you out--give 'em a call! 252-453-0153

      Harris Teeter
      , New Bern, NC 28560

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      1. re: SweetPhyl


        I hadn't even thought of calling the Teeter! I've got a nice bird reserved, which is better than my other option, which was trying my luck between there and the Food Lion on Tuesday or Wednesday.

        Thanks for the help and have a great holiday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather. I love spending Thanksgiving there, maybe even more than during the summer.

        1. re: lsmutko

          There is NOTHING better than cooking turkey with an ocean view.

          1. re: lsmutko

            SO happy it worked out for you and they are calling for great weather here over the week...enjoy it! Have a BLESSED Thanksgiving!

            1. re: SweetPhyl

              Everything was great -- weather, family, the bird. I picked up the 19-lb. Bell & Evans turkey on Wed.,dry-brined it for about 30 hours (even though that's technically too short) and it turned out great. Good flavor and texture, great drippings and enough for leftovers and turkey soup on Friday.

              We've been doing Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks since '99, and this was the best turkey we've had there. Like I said, I always used Tommy's, but the bird was "fresh" in that it had been held at 28 degrees and always needed some thawing. This just turned out to be a better product, cost less and I'm glad we have HT as an alternative to the Food Lion up on the northern beaches.

              Now if I could just calibrate my oven down there, I'd be happy. This big bird was done way before it should've been. But that opened up the oven for everything else.

              1. re: lsmutko

                Glad you had a successful, delicious time! We brined our bird as well, but it turned out tough--first time that's ever happened. It's okay, cause I like the sides better anyway. Thanksgiving in Corolla is a joy and Christmas is even better...Hope you'll come back next year, too!

          2. re: SweetPhyl

            That HT must be in Corolla Sweet Phyl. There's one in Kitty Hawk that I know about.

            Harris Teeter @ 5400 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 252 - 261 - 1931.

            1. re: Littleman

              yeah, he said he was heading to Corolla Littleman, so I gave him the Corolla number.