Where to buy ready-to-cook whole turkey in Columbus OH area?
I'm driving to Columbus from DC for Thanksgiving and my DH and I are on meal-cooking duty for the holiday. I don't think we're going to have time to wash, season, and otherwise prepare the turkey but don't want to buy it pre-cooked either. Is there anywhere besides Whole Foods that sells a good, pre-seasoned but still raw turkey that we can just stick in the oven?
When I say seasoned I mean ones that are basically ready to stick in the oven without having to do anything, or at most a few minutes worth of extra prep. So yes, should already be brined, and the aromatics or veggies to stick under, if there are any, should already be prepped. And if there are herbs to go on the turkey, should already be on there or in a little packet so we can easily just rub it on the turkey before putting in the oven. We just don't have time to do all the prep work since we're coming in from out of town is all, but we don't want to buy a cooked turkey either.
I have to say i was going to suggest all the same places that Diane recommended below. That said, I have no idea how "prepped" the turkeys are at these places. I've never heard of getting a turkey that "ready to go into the oven" so you'd have to call and ask. All of them are small purveyors so may or may not do that level of pre-prep.
I would assume most of them have brined birds (but not sure or again look for Kosher). The rest you could do with a quick trip to a grocery store - using the salad bar to get veggies that are washed and ready to go - and a jar of herbs to provence for seasoning rub.
Good Luck! If I see anything like that being offered during my shopping trips I will post back.
You're willing to get a raw turkey but need it seasoned? Not sure i follow your drift. There are some really good small butchers/meat markets in Columbus. I have used all of the ones listed below for various things and would vouch for them. I would suggest you call the folllowing and explain what you are seeking:
Carfagna's Italian Market - I-161 just east of I-71 (614) 846-6340
Rife's Market - Grandview on 5th Ave. 614) 488-7151
Weiland's Idndianola Ave., just north of OSU (614) 267-3998\
North Market Poultry Spruce St. (614) 221-7237
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
1405 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
1455 W 3rd Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
re: Diane in Bexley
Weiland's allows you to order your turkey in advance and let's you order other Thanksgiving trimmings, ie. stuffing, gravy, potatoes, etc. so, even if they don't pre-season the bird for you, they may be able to put everything together with it so that you can get it all in one stop.
If you are still looking. I'm at the Costco at Polaris (north side of town) and the have seasoned turkey breasts in a foil roasting pan with carrots celery onion under the breast ready to take and bake. Another option.
Ray Ray's Hog Pit is smoking turkeys to be picked up on Thursday. I think you need to pre-order.