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Need VERY small turkey raw or fully cooked for family of four in Brooklyn

The takeout place we used last year promised us a small turkey but the killer weighed in at 12 pounds. Was delicious but cost an awful lot for the four of us. My wife suggested getting a turkey breast but it just doesn't have that Holiday "look". We are in the sheepshead Bay area but have a car and will travel to seek out our petite bird.

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  1. For the cost of the gas you would use to travel to find a smaller bird, you might as well just buy the smallest one you find, especially if you can get one for a good price at a regular supermarket or a Trader Joe's (the kosher markets seem to charge far more per pound). (BTW, the kosher birds at Trader Joe's are always in the 12 pound range, and not the much larger ones.)

    In truth, I don't even know if I've seen turkeys much smaller than 12 pounds. And I think I've read that only about half of the poundage is edible meat, so you're talking 6 pounds for four people. Can't you use the leftovers for another meal or two? Just a thought.

    1. You could always do what my mom did one year which was make a 23 pounders for the family (thee wee 4 of us that year plus a happy poodle:)!) We neve let he foget that meal!

      1. If you go to a butcher shop (NOT THE SUPRMARKET) you and have the butcher cut the turkey in half lengthwise on the bandsaw. Roast half/Freeze the other half. It makes a lovely presentation on the platter with a leg and wing showing. My mother did this for years when she and my father lived in Florida and the kids and grands couldn't come for Thanksgiving. Alternatively, you could plit the turkey at home with a cleaver, roast half, and cut the other half in parts for freezing.

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        1. re: bagelman01

          Where have you been able to have kosher turkey's cut in half or quarters? I have asked to have this done and was told they would not do this because they were afraid of treifing up the bandsaw because there might be liver inside the cavity. Of course it would work if I bought a fresh turkey (so can check for liver) but they are hard to find and by the time I pay the price difference I might as well get a whole turkey.

          BTW has anyone found liver inside their turkey recently? I haven't in years so wonder if this is really a realistic problem.

          1. re: kosherGlutenFree

            I did not say you could buy the half Turkey, I said to have the butcher cut one in half and roast half and freeze half. Yes I usually buy fresh turkey so removing the liver before cutting is not a problem. If I buy a frozen bird, I defrost at home, use a cleaver to split in two, roast half, cut the other half in parts for soup, etc.

            Frozen whole poultry from Empire are usually marked some giblets may be missing. Usually, the trurkey liver is available, because Empire doesn't sell them spearately, while the chicken livers are gone, packaged by Empire for retail sale.

        2. Most supermarkets have someone in charge of the meat department, and they are also in charge of the kosher frozen meats (usually just turkey & chicken) in addition to the non-kosher meats. I'm not talking about stores like Shop-Rite with a Kosher Experience. I have found these guys to be very helpful - I tell them I want the smallest turkey they have (I've never seen one smaller than 10 pounds) and they always work with me - either they check the stock in the back, or they let me know when deliveries are coming in and set the samllest aside for me.
          I always try to get teh smallest bird I can because I found they taste best and stay juciest.

          1. My husband and I enjoy turkey quite a bit. Since we are the only two at home, I will buy the smallest one available (usually about 12 pounds) prepare and roast the whole thing and immediately cut it in half. While warm, wrap in double layers of foil and place in a plastic freezer bag. it will keep at least two months. Defrost and enjoy this special meal again.

            BTW: we love to roast the turkey on our charcoal grill. Delicious!!!!