Once reserved for Thanksgiving, turkey is now a mainstay at the American table. In fact, about two hundred and sixty five million turkeys were produced in 2006.
While male, or tom, turkeys can reach up to 70 pounds, the female, or hen, turkey usually weighs from 8 to 16 pounds.
It is important to choose pasture-raised organic turkeys that are fed their natural diet, free of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Also, when buying prepared turkey (deli style), make sure it is free of preservatives like nitrites. We recommend Applegate Farms.
Selecting and Storing Turkey
Turkey is available fresh (raw and prepared) as well as frozen. Follow the instructions on individual packages to ensure freshness.