Best Age for a Thanksgiving Turkey to be Slaughtered

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Farkha Laziza, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. Farkha Laziza

    Farkha Laziza Chirping

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    If one wants to roast a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, what's the best age for it to be? The turkey would be slaughtered on Thanksgiving and cooked immediately.
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    Not a good idea unless you want a very tough turkey. The recommendation is to butcher the turkey 3 days ahead of time and allow the carcass to rest in a cooler (refrigerator) in order for the muscles to pass through rigor mortis. Some people that they can get by butchering one day before and soaking the carcass in a brine overnight before cooking the next day.
     
  3. Farkha Laziza

    Farkha Laziza Chirping

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    Who said I would wait long enough for rigor mortis to set in? The bird would be in the oven before that happened. I said it would be cooked the same day to distinguish it from a turkey that might be frozen a month in advance or something. I want to know how far in advance we need to get the turkey chick to be ready by Thanksgiving.
     
  4. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Crowing

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    Depends on the variety.

    Heritage turkeys are mature with a nice fat layer from 27 weeks and up.

    Broad breasted turkeys are mature with a nice fat layer from 20 weeks and up.

    Hybrids are mature with a nice fat layer from 24 weeks and up.

    All turkeys are more tender after a few days of dry aging in the fridge. The enzyme action tenderizes the meat.
     

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