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Nov 18, 2011 05:14 PM

Anywhere in Toronto come close to 48 cents/lb ($1.06/kg) for frozen basted turkey I paid in Buffalo?

Did a trans-border run today and 48 cents/lb was available at Wegman's for anyone with their shoppers' card. They were on sale in a variety of weights. Since Nanny State Canada limits you to one turkey a person (not enforced in my experience by most incurious customs officers but would not want to risk it), lacking the economy of scale as a result, not to mention that I can only go to Buffalo so many times - does anyone know of even a somewhat-close price which is or will likely become available in the GTA over the next 10 days or so? I need about 7 more turkeys - and don't mind going to Oakville or Scarborough to get same.

Thanks for your help!

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    1. You're just not going to get those often rubbery, tasteless, utility-grade birds here. A good thing, too. Discounters like NoFrills and Food Basics carry cheap, low-end turkeys that are far better.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        These are marked grade A, Kagemusha. But thanks for the tips re NoFrills and Food Basics!

        1. re: Bigtigger

          Still rubbery and tasteless. You get what you pay for. Low-end US turkeys are pretty awful compared to Canadian cheapies. Just keep watch on the weekly flyers, even Loblaws where cheap birds occasionally grace the cases

          1. re: Kagemusha

            I saw some frozen turkeys at Superstore the week after Cdn Thanksgiving priced at $0.99/ lb. The prices at Loblaws, Superstore and Metro vary greatly from location to location, and from city to city, so maybe Hounds can post if they happen to see cheap, frozen turkeys.

            1. re: prima

              .99/lb is usually about the lowest around. Grabbed several last year in mid-Oct. at my local NF to feed the invasion force that landed last Xmas. Will keep an eye open for the big cat.

              1. re: prima

                Walmart super stores also have the $0.99/lb ones!

          2. re: Kagemusha

            you get what you pay for. cheap birds pumped with hormones. maybe consider paying more and treating yourself right. life is short

            1. re: chocohead

              "life is short"

              Especially if you're a $0.48-a-pound turkey

              1. re: chocohead

                According to the US National Turkey Federation web site:

                "All turkeys are both hormone and steroid free. No hormones have been approved for use in turkeys. Genetic improvements, better feed formulation and modern management practices have resulted in the larger turkeys in today's market."

                It says the same thing, almost word for word, on the Canadian turkey growers site so hormone-wise we're comparing apples to apples.

            2. Not sure if all NoFrills have them, but Creditview and Bristol had utility turkeys for 77 cents a lb today.

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              1. re: Evenshorter

                They were also at the Carlaw and Gerrard location today.

                1. re: Evenshorter

                  No Frills has 77 cent ones in their weekly flyer. They are Utility turkeys and not based.

                  1. re: Herne

                    Herne, what is a "utility" turkey? Is it necessarily a "bad" product? My impression is that it might be imperfectly shaped (lopsided breast on one side, or the like) and as you say, not basted, which is easy enough to do at home if you feel it essential - but that essentially it is as safe and has as much weight as any other similarly sized turkey. Can you enlighten?

                      1. re: Bigtigger

                        You're right - A utility turkey is one that is missing something - could be something as small as a wing, or could be missing a leg, or as you said a lopsided breast. Personally, I don't care for the pre-basted birds anyways - way too much fat and such.

                        1. re: Bigtigger

                          Utility grade birds are as tasty as Grade A birds. It's aesthetics that knock 'em down a peg and it's usually skin tears or busted limbs as stated above. If you've seen poultry industrially processed, it's amazing the market's not flooded with utility birds.

                          BTW 77 cents/lb is about as good as it gets.

                          1. re: Bigtigger

                            Utility means there is some visible defect like a broken or missing wing or a tear in the skin. I believe there is no other difference. Certainly the Gov inspectors wouldn't routinely allow the selling of bad meat with their stamps on it.

                            I have one of the No Frills 77 cent birds in the freezer. Christmas dinner is elsewhere this year and later my wife will be making Congee or Jug with the bird which is essentially turkey soup with rice, ginger and a few other spices and something to look forward -- utility or not.

                      2. All the fresh turkeys, including a few organic fresh turkeys, were priced at $0.99/lb at the Masonville Loblaws in London, ON today.