Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so if you still haven’t, it’s time to order that turkey, STAT! Tomorrow is your last chance to order one of our Willie Bird Fresh Organic Turkeys!
But today we’re giving away a 20- to 22-pound bird to one lucky reader. Keep reading to find out how to enter!
A question many people ask is whether fresh turkeys are really better than frozen. We’ve looked at the differences, talked to the experts and have a few ideas of our own.
Fresh turkeys are often raised in an organic or free-range environment, so they tend to be a bit more expensive than their frozen counterparts. Flavor-wise, they’re richer, with a more intense taste, and their texture is more firm than that of frozen birds.
“You’re strictly getting a fresh turkey that’s roamed free,” says Beagle Brodsky, Willie Bird manager. “You’re getting more of the traditional turkey flavor, because the longer turkeys are frozen, the more flavor is zapped out of them.”
The birds are also more muscular because their movement isn’t limited, resulting in better skin texture and broader breasts with more white meat.
Fresh turkeys can be prepared exactly like frozen ones, but you’ll save a few steps. You don’t have to thaw the birds, and since they’re naturally more flavorful, brining is less essential.
“I took a 30-pounder and cooked it for four-and-a-half hours, just seasoned and roasted,” says Brodsky, adding, “We have a big family.”
What’s so special about Willie Bird turkeys? First of all, they’re fresh, not frozen, ensuring a juicy and flavorful bird. The turkeys are also free-range, raised on ranches in Sonoma county for the past 45 years without additives, hormones or antibiotics.
To enter, just leave a comment below by TODAY, November 17, at 5 p.m. PST and tell us your favorite way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. We’ll pick a winner at random to receive a delicious, organic 20- to 22-pound turkey. We will email the winner just after 5 p.m., so check your email!