This year I'm obsessed with cooking a heritage turkey for Thanksgiving. They're the ancestral birds to the industrially-farmed turkeys we eat today. I'm not really a fan of those turkeys which to me are bland and dry. I know you can combat the dryness with either brining or buying a Kosher turkey. But really what I want to try is a heritage turkey. Maybe because I love food history and I wonder where has this bird gone and why is it so hard to come by? And ultimately, it must taste a lot better.
It's not easy locating a heritage turkey. I found a link online, but their map is not at all helpful. I also called Staubitz butcher and they told me they can special order a heritage turkey (16-20lbs) for $9.99 a pound. That's about $160-$200 for a turkey. I'm not too keen on that idea. I also heard the Park Slope Food Coop has them. I plan to find out this weekend.
Barring those two options, does anyone out there know where to get a heritage turkey either in Brooklyn, New York or online even? Any cooking tips would be welcome too.