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Thanksgiving: How to Roast a Heritage Turkey or Fresh Turkey

November 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

The Osceola turkey - a heritage Florida breed.

Several readers have asked about roasting a heritage turkey, or a natural, fresh bird they’ve gotten from a local farm.

The times are going to be shorter for roasting, due to the breed – they have smaller breasts, generally. Corporate farmed turkeys have been bred to have more breast meat since that’s the public’s preference.

Supermarket frozen turkeys also are injected with water or a brine agent – which natural or heritage turkeys don’t have.

Ultimately, shave off 5 to 6 minutes per pound from the typical roasting charts for a Heritage turkey.

Here’s a good reference guide for this at TheDailyGreen.com.

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