Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving

November 18, 2016

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Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving make sure to shop local!

Pollo Real will be selling heritage turkeys at Market on Sat. Nov 19 and Tues. Nov 22. First come, first served!

Heritage Turkeys are breeds derived from Wild Turkeys that have been domesticated in the Americas for hundreds of years. Pollo Real Heritage Turkeys spend their whole lives on the farm. – they breed, incubate, hatch, and pasture raise our heritage turkeys in Socorro, New Mexico.

99% of turkey raised in America is the non-heritage Broad Breasted variety. Organic or not, these fragile genetics are owned and patented by two major poultry corporations and raised in factory-farm conditions. The majority of Heritage Turkeys available in this country are bred and raised by small, sustainable farmers.

Pollo Real Heritage Turkey Hens are generally 8-12 pounds and their Toms are 12-20 pounds, this allows you options depending on your Holiday plans. Since they are fresh heritage turkeys will cook faster than conventional turkeys. No brining necessary, these fresh young heritage turkeys always come out plump and tender.

By purchasing a heritage turkey you are supporting local, sustainable farming, you and you’re family are sure to enjoy the best turkey you’ve ever had!

The Recipe

How to choose your Heritage Turkey

  • 1.5 lbs per person
  • 2 lbs per person for leftovers

How to cook your Heritage Turkey

  1. Bring the bird to room temperature before cooking.
  2. Roast at 425-450 degrees F until the bird reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F – Heritage turkeys do not take as long to cook as conventional turkeys so keep an eye on the bird. Generally, count 10-15 minutes per pound.
  3. Let the whole roasted bird rest 10-15 minutes before carving.

How to make your gravy

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

  1. In a large saute pan, melt butter, stir in flour, and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add in warm Turkey Bone Broth 1/2 cup at a time until gravy is desired consistency. Add in spices and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  2. Serve with turkey.

This locally inspired recipe is brought to you by Pam Walker. Pam is an avid home cook, writer, and local farm and food activist who is also a board member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute. Thank you, Pam, for helping inspire us to use locally sourced ingredients!