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Turkey buying guide

THE ULTIMATE TURKEY GUIDE
Everything you need to know about buying, preparing
and cooking your Christmas turkey

about turkeys
turkeys

BEHIND THE BIRD

 

The better we look after our turkeys, the tastier the meat they produce. All Waitrose turkeys are reared in naturally ventilated houses that benefit from natural light in the day and restful darkness at night, and they enjoy roaming freely in open pastures. We work very closely with all our farmers, visiting each of them personally, and building long-lasting relationships, some spanning 30 years.

OUR FARMERS REAR A NUMBER OF BREEDS
OF TURKEY, INCLUDING...

bronzedFeatheredFreeRangeTurkeys

BRONZE-FEATHERED
FREE RANGE TURKEYS

A slower-growing breed, meaning they tend to boast full-flavoured meat with a wonderfully firm texture. These birds are fed a natural, cereal-based diet and have access to open pastures. This means they can come and go as they please, just like our other free range birds.

dryAgedBronzedFeatheredFreeRangeTurkeys

DRY-AGED
BRONZE-FEATHERED
FREE RANGE TURKEYS

An old traditional breed, these are reared using traditional farming methods. Birds are grown to full maturity over several months, and hung for a minimum of 7 days, resulting in full-flavoured turkey with a hearty, gamey flavour.

duchyOrganicFreeRangeBronzeFeatheredTurkeys

DUCHY ORGANIC
FREE RANGE
BRONZE-FEATHERED 
TURKEYS

Reared on organic farms where they’re fed an organic diet and can access either organic pastures or woodland during the day. All the farms are independently inspected by Organic Farmers & Growers or by the Irish Organic Trust, ensuring high standards are maintained.

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