It sounds like a utility turkey would be perfect for us. No one in my family cares about how pretty the bird looks; they just care about taste. When my middle son was only 3 years old, he pitched a fit because Grandma T. had ham for Thanksgiving that year. He was born in October–with only 2 Thanksgivings under his belt, I was surprised he’d notice the change! She never changed it again after that. If her grandkids begged enough, she occasionally had turkey for Christmas instead of ham. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s just like American Thanksgiving, but earlier… so we have more time between the Thanksgiving turkey and the Christmas turkey. That’s time to eat up the leftovers and be ready for another one.
So this last weekend I trotted down to our local grocery store and picked up our Thanksgiving turkey. Not being overly picky, I bought a utility turkey instead of a Grade A. Chatting with Facebook friends about this, I discovered that this seems to be a purely Canadian thing–the utility turkey. Basically, it’s just an imperfect bird–it might have torn skin, or be missing a wing. It otherwise tastes the same and is the same food quality, it just got nicked in the factory somewhere–stuck in a shoot, squeezed by a corner…
And they come on sale for $0.95/lb just before Thanksgiving. Another thing to give thanks for–cheap turkey!
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