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What Turkey would you buy if you could not afford a posh one?

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TheLionesss Mon 26-Oct-09 08:25:05

Just looked at the Kelly Bronze website and cannot afford that much for a Turkey.

What would you do in my position?

sarah293 Mon 26-Oct-09 08:48:55

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Ivykaty44 Mon 26-Oct-09 08:52:45

go to butchers or supermarket and get one there - it will be in the cooking anyhow...

Did you see where the chef got all organic chicken and normal supermarket and the panel couldn't say which was better - he was really disapointed that it didn't make a scrape of difference smile

Morosky Mon 26-Oct-09 08:52:53

Buy a turkey crown rather than a whole one?

fishie Mon 26-Oct-09 08:54:40

i would get a free range one and brine it.

TheLionesss Mon 26-Oct-09 08:57:44

What does brine it mean?

IvyKaty I didn't see that but it's good to hear. Just read an article which told me my chirstmas dinner will be runined if I don't spend a small fortune on the meat.

Looked at the crown's and they are still £££

Morosky Mon 26-Oct-09 08:58:13

We brined ours last year and it was delicious. It was free range but only from a supermarket, not overly expensive

Tortington Mon 26-Oct-09 08:58:43

if wider family wern't involved i#d buy turkey slices.

have done in previous years.

i really don't see the point

Uriel Mon 26-Oct-09 08:59:17

Go to a farm and order a free range goose. Yummy!

Mybox Mon 26-Oct-09 09:00:07

Once had to do turkey for relatives staying & just got the pieces we needed rather than the whole thing.

Morosky Mon 26-Oct-09 09:02:07

brined turkey

sarah293 Mon 26-Oct-09 09:03:46

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Mybox Mon 26-Oct-09 09:07:29

Might be the same thing here riven as will have a newborn!

sarah293 Mon 26-Oct-09 09:08:27

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TheLionesss Mon 26-Oct-09 09:17:42

Thanks for the link Morosky smile

Looks very easy. How long did you leave the turkey in the brine for? Where did you store it? If I leave it outside, the dog or next door's car will attack it. And I doubt I will have the room in the fridge

Morosky Mon 26-Oct-09 09:20:35

I can't remember , I will have followed whatever it said in Nigella's book.

I kept it in the kitchen.

TheLionesss Mon 26-Oct-09 09:22:39

I might buy Nigellas christmas book

Northernlurker Mon 26-Oct-09 09:42:24

If you brine it outside you need to just put something very heavy on top of it (btw - did you mean next dooor's car or cat? Is their BMW really that vicious? grin)

Whatever you do don't buy a frozen one. Mil did one year - announcing that they were all the same anyway and it was the driest thing you've ever tasted! Ugh!

TheLionesss Mon 26-Oct-09 09:44:30

oh yes NL, their motor has a real mean streak grin

Thanks for the advice about the frozen one, will remember to give them a miss

MrsBadger Mon 26-Oct-09 09:49:39

am not fussed so much about the taste as about the ethics

if I couldn't afford a free-range turkey (or didn't have that many people to feed) I'd buy a free-range chicken - is actually tastier than turkey imo.

shinybaubles Mon 26-Oct-09 09:54:10

I also can't afford the Kelly turkey but for the last few years have done the Nigella brine and my supermarket turkey has been lovely. I do it in a big bucket and cover with foil and then lays something heavy over the top and we have 2 greedy retrievers and several cats from neighbours and it has never been disturbed.

TheLionesss Mon 26-Oct-09 09:55:25

So a supermarket free range turkey brined will be acceptable I think

shinybaubles Mon 26-Oct-09 09:58:25

Yes I don't see why not - but not a frozen one. We do it and we're real foodies - or just plain greedy grin. It even converted my aunt who thinks chicken is too dry and came for xmas, I cooked her salmon and she ended up eating the turkey - it was so good.

crokky Mon 26-Oct-09 10:03:31

Last Christmas, I just got a turkey from Tesco. It was really nice and I will do the same this year. I didn't order it, I just picked it off the shelf with the rest of my shopping.

lisianthus Mon 26-Oct-09 10:08:51

This is making me hungry and I don't even like turkey, so DH, who does like it, hasn't had it for years. We usually get a goose, but I am liking the brining idea. And the egg and chips idea, tbh.

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