I'm making Thanksgiving dinner for 14 and love doing it. It's a labor of love, and my favorite holiday.
What troubles me every year is deciding what turkey to get. So many choices. I nix the Butterball and supermarket brands, and anything frozen, preferring to serve something a step up. (But maybe I shouldn't be so dismissive?)
Last year I cooked a Gozzi turkey which came from a turkey farm in Connecticut. It was very good.
The year before I cooked an Eberly organic turkey. It was very good.
Before that it was an Empire Kosher. It was very good but the feathers bothered me. It took my husband and I an hour to remove a lot of excessive pinfeathers with tweezers and pliers.
I was looking around supermarkets today. Stew Leonard's has a lot to choose from including their own natural brand, as well as some pre-brined ones. (I've been there done that when it comes to brining. I doubt I'll do it this year.)
A nice little market near my office is taking orders for Murray turkeys, which the store owner says are excellent quality. There's a Trader Joe's nearby, not sure what turkeys they are selling.
A local newspaper did a recent turkey taste test and Jaindl came out on top.
I'm not interested in going the Heritage route. Anyone have any suggestions?