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How To: Thanksgiving Turkey

Thank you for making one of our turkeys the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table. Below are cooking instructions for each of the turkeys we have offered for Thanksgiving.

Generally, if you purchased a white-hybrid breed (Sunrise White or Ashley White), we recommend brining overnight before cooking. If you purchased a heritage breed turkey (Kelly Bronze or Heritage Black), brining is unnecessary.

With all turkeys, we strongly recommend that you do not overcook your bird. The government regs and some recipes will recommend cooking your turkey to an internal temperature of 180ºF. This is an overcooked turkey.

We recommend that you remove the turkey from the oven at 160ºF internal and let sit for 20 minutes before carving.

Kelly Bronze

Your Kelly Bronze turkey came with cooking instructions and a thermometer. We recommend following these instructions. There is also a handy video above by turkey-master Paul Kelly. (His family saved the heritage Bronze breed from extinction.)

Heritage Black

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Bake turkey in a large pan for roughly 10-12 minutes per pound, until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF and the juices run clear. With these heritage Spanish Black breeds, we recommend putting a little turkey stock in your pan and spooning it over the turkey ever so often as it cooks. Once the turkey reaches temperature, remove from oven and let sit for 20 minutes before carving.

Sunrise White or Ashley White

Brine the turkey in a salt solution overnight. To make your salt solution, combine 2 gallons of water with 1 cup of sea salt and a tablespoon each of sage, thyme, savory, and rosemary.

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Bake turkey in a large pan for roughly 10-12 minutes per pound, until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF and the juices run clear. If you like, try putting a little turkey stock in your pan and spooning it over the turkey ever so often as it cooks. Once the turkey reaches temperature, remove from oven and let sit for 20 minutes before carving.