I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner for some dear (and foodie) friends in my tiny rental apartment kitchen and need some help choosing a turkey. What kind of bird do you recommend, and where can I buy it? I see that many have recommended Willie Birds, Mary’s, or Niman (from Bi-Rite) in the past – are these the best choices? I would rather not spend more than $5/lb.
The bird does not need to be heritage or organic, but I would prefer something fresh, without phosphates or anything strange injected, and ideally raised humanely.
Secondary question: brining seems to be universally recommended, no matter what bird is chosen, but I am not sure this will be feasible for me space-wise. Any suggestions or alternative approaches?