Heritage Turkeys from Paul Kelly

Heritage Turkeys from Paul Kelly

19th century turkeys for the 21st century Thanksgiving table.

Paul Kelly’s family has raised old breed turkeys in England for almost half a century. They now have a farm in Virginia and offer a limited number of their impeccably raised birds. We snagged some this year and I’m quite excited to tell you about them.
 
There are now a few farmers in America offering heritage breed turkeys which came back from near extinction just over a decade ago. You might even have some available where you live, which would be excellent news and you should order early from your local farmer to try one this year. Heritage birds are sharp contrast to the modern Thanksgiving turkey, which is a bit of a monster.
 
The modern Broad Breasted White turkey was bred to produce a lot of white breast meat as quickly as possible. As everything else got pushed aside in favor of that goal: out went its disease fighting genetics, out went its ability to survive on its own, out went its flavor. Today’s commercial turkey is raised on a daily cocktail of antibiotics, without which it would succumb to illnesses common in high-density feedlots. It’s also terribly bland. Commercial turkeys taste like salt and water, with very little turkey flavor to mention.
 
Not so with these turkeys. They are rich with flavor. Part of the reason is that Paul has them prepared in what’s called “New York dressed.” It’s the old way turkeys were processed on farms. They are cleaned without water, then hung to age like steak. It’s a style that, as you can derive from the name, started in the USA but went away as American farmers switched to water processing with no aging. These might seem like small differences—a bit of water here, a bit of time hung to age there. But wait till you taste the difference. It’ll blow you away. This turkey is so tender, so flavorful, it’s so different from what we’re used to it shouldn’t even be called by the same name.
 
This is the kind of turkey that everyone at the table is going to enjoy. For many, it’ll be the first time they’ve tasted the real thing, and they’ll be fighting for seconds.
 
You might have any number of great reasons to buy one of these turkeys for your feast this year. They’re sustainably raised. They support old breeds with diverse genetics. They keep alive a traditional way to dress the bird. But when you come back for one next year, it will be for one simple reason: they taste so good.
 
"KellyBronze turkeys are the best of the best, the most joyful treat."
Jamie Oliver
 
Download cooking & care instructions for our heritage turkeys
 
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Order now, we'll reserve your turkey to ship on Wednesday, November 20 to arrive by Friday, November 22. The turkey ships frozen and will likely arrive frozen, too. It may take a couple of days to thaw. Your turkey will ship with all needed care and cooking instructions (you can also find them here).

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