Trying a kosher bird for Thanksgiving this year

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After all of the different types and brands of turkey varieties that I have tried - natural, organic, vegetarian feed, pastured, heritage, heirloom and wild. I realized that I have never had a kosher bird. So this year I decided to order one and see how it compares with the others that I have had.

So far I like wild turkeys the best but unless you hunt or have hunter friends you will not get one. After wild turkeys the pastured raised birds have had the best flavour followed by some of the heritage/heirloom brands.

Once nice thing with the kosher bird is that it will not have to be brined.

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I think I saw Kosher turkeys

I think I saw Kosher turkeys listed on a board down at Trader Joe's. It was the only one listed that I was even remotely interested in, as all the others were injected.

Our farmer never got around to getting his turkeys started, and I never ordered from anyone else, so I might try a kosher bird myself.

I got my kosher bird from

I got my kosher bird from New Season's Market. The meat looked really good and clean. The bird had a good amount of fat under the skin but the skin was ripped in a couple of places from the plucking process - which I had to complete because it was not done very well in the areas between the wings and the body. What I was really dissapointed me though was the lack of nummies - no heart, gizzard or liver. Good thing I purchased a few extra necks and gizzards for gravy making.

I went with the kosher bird

I went with the kosher bird from Trader Joe's. The plucking is supposed to be a common issue with kosher birds, because the are processed in cold water, and scalding is a common practice for loosening the feathers. Mine was pretty well plucked, but had ripped skin issues.

No gibblets in mine, but the neck was still attached. The meat came out really nice and moist.

We also noted that the meat

We also noted that the meat was quite juicy with our bird too.