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What is your favorite fresh turkey to buy for Thanksgiving?

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What is your favorite fresh turkey to buy for Thanksgiving?

meghanb | Nov 12, 2009 11:01 AM

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?

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