Thanksgiving is about celebrating the things we’re thankful for, like friends, family and time off from the daily grind. It also gives us an excuse to bring out the good china, cook up a storm and break open that bottle of wine we’ve been saving for a special occasion. We love to feast together and have put the Thanksgiving meal at the center of the day’s festivities.
For many, the meal will most likely be built around the traditional Thanksgiving Turkey. The goal is to serve a bird that is moist and flavorful—and luckily it’s not difficult to achieve these results when you start with the right ingredients.
The most important ingredient of a turkey dinner is, of course, the turkey. Several factors contribute heavily to the quality of a bird: Hormones, antibiotics, exercise and whether or not the turkey has ever been frozen. There’s a common understanding that an all-natural, free-range turkey is a better option when available. The factor that often gets neglected is whether the turkey has been frozen or not. Just like other meats, a fresh turkey (one that has never been frozen) makes for a tastier entrée on your Thanksgiving table.
A fully frozen turkey is often a mushy and less flavorful turkey. Freezing comes with a big issue in a tiny package: ice crystals. Ice crystals, with their sharp edges, form and expand as the turkey freezes, poking microscopic holes into the cell walls and causing breakage that results in loss of moisture and flavor. This is a major problem, because nobody wants a dry, bland turkey on Thanksgiving!
So what’s a Thanksgiving chef to do? Simple. Get a truly fresh turkey that will have your guests gobbling up every last morsel. By USDA standards, turkeys can be labeled “fresh” so long as they haven’t been held at temperatures lower than 26° Fahrenheit. This is called deep-chilling and allows turkeys to be transported safely—without heightened risk of harmful bacteria growth—but also keeps the birds from freezing solid.
Zupan’s carries Shelton’s Fresh, All-Natural, Free-Range Turkeys from 10-34lbs. These turkeys are the real deal—never held below 26° Farenheit and packed with flavor. With a fresh turkey from Shelton’s, you get the foundation for a Thanksgiving meal your friends and family will remember long into 2010 for all the right reasons.
From our holiday table to yours—Happy Thanksgiving!
To pre-order a Shelton’s fresh turkey from Zupan’s, drop by your neighborhood store, or visit our website. We offer uncooked fresh turkeys with or without a variety of side dishes, and fully cooked holiday turkey dinners as well.