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The centerpiece of your holiday meal, the turkey is one dish you want to get just right. We’ve outlined the different types of birds available this year to help you pick the right turkey for your holiday table. Our turkeys are All Natural, Organic, fresh from the farm, and never frozen. Available in limited quantities through Thanksgiving only.

All Natural Bell & Evans Turkeys $3.99/lb.
Bred and raised on an all-vegetarian diet free of hormones and antibiotics, then air-chilled for optimum flavor.

Organic Bell & Evans Turkey $5.99/lb.
Fed a diet of Organic feed for a deliciously moist and tender turkey.

All Natural Bell & Evans Brined $4.99/lb.
Brined for a deliciously moist and flavor-packed Turkey.

All Natural Free Range Turkey $2.29/lb.
Raised exclusively outdoors on feed and water, free of chemicals, hormones, or additives.

All Natural Bell & Evans Bone-In $5.99/lb.
The Bone-In Turkey Breast is plump, juicy, and raised the old-world way with 100% Organic feed and the freedom to range outside.

Empire Kosher Turkey $4.99/lb. *available in Michigan Stores only
No preservatives or artificial ingredients means great tasting, strictly Kosher, Turkeys.

 

 

Fresh Turkey Preparation & Roasting Tips 

You’ve picked up your All Natural Turkey, now where to begin? Here’s some expert advice from our very own chefs to help make sure your meal is memorable.
Download Turkey Prep Tips PDF | Download Traditional Meat Recipes PDF

I thought my turkey was fresh. Why does it feel frozen? 
Our All Natural Turkeys arrive fresh, and are never frozen. Fresh turkeys will sometimes feel hard on the outside because they are chilled to 28°F for safe shipping. Only the outer part of the turkey should feel hard, not the entire turkey. By contrast, frozen turkeys are stored at 0°F and will be frozen hard throughout.  
If you’ve gotten a headstart on your shopping you may have frozen your turkey and will need to thaw it out.  Either way, here are helpful tips for safe thawing.  

  • Thaw your turkey 1 to 3 days in advance of cooking.
  • Thaw the turkey in its original wrapper in the refrigerator or under cold, running water, allowing roughly 24 hours for every 5lbs, or until it feels soft.
  • Once turkey is thawed, store on the lowest shelf in your refrigerator in the original packaging for up to 48 hours prior to cooking.
  • NEVER let the turkey reach room temperature, it’s just not safe. 
  • NEVER THAW IN MICROWAVE.
  • Bag thickness may increase thawing time.  Cold Water thawing should be used if this occurs.

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Roasting Basics

  • Place your turkey breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • Brush or rub skin with oil or butter and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Place in an oven pre-heated to 325°F
  • Once the skin is light gold in color, shield the breast with a tent of foil to prevent over browning. You may choose to tent the highest part of the legs as well.
  • Don’t forget to baste! We like a mixture of chicken broth and melted butter.
  • The turkey will be done when the meat thermometer reaches the following temperatures: 
    • 180-185°F deep in the thigh. Juices should run clear, not pink, when the thigh is pierced.
    • 170-175°F in the thickest part of the breast, just above the rib bones.
    • 165°F in the center of the stuffing, if stuffed.
    • Let the turkey rest for at least 15-20 minutes before carving to allow the juices to set. This will keep your turkey moist and make it much easier to carve.

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Stuffing Safety
Food safety experts recommend that you cook stuffing separately, but if you have a hard time letting go of time honored traditions, follow these simple tips for a safe holiday meal:

  • Make sure that both neck and body cavities are stuffed completely.
  • A stuffed turkey should be placed immediately in a pre-heated oven set no lower than 325°F.
  • After the turkey itself has reached the proper internal temp of 180°F, it is essential the stuffing reaches its own correct temperature of 165°F for food safety.

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