Our Favorite Turkey Recipes
Here is our recommended Steam Roasting recipe with explanation of the differences that you can download and print:
Heritage Turkey Cooking Suggestions
Very important things to remember when cooking a Heritage bird.
- Always fully cook the stuffing BEFORE putting it in a Heritage bird.
- Use a good quality meat thermometer placed in the thickest part of the thigh to determine when the bird is done. Do not depend solely on cooking time!
- Start closely monitoring the temperature at least 1.5 hours (1.0 hours for smaller bird) before the cooking time estimates it will be done.
- Once the temperature reaches 145 degrees watch it very closely as it can rise quickly.
- Plan on 1 hour of cooking time for every 7 lbs of bird - but use this just as a guideline. Cook by temperature!
What is the Difference?
Heritage breed turkeys are completely different birds than the commercial turkey. They are different because of their breed, what they eat, and the humane, natural life they live. Their bodies are built for function rather than the optimized production of white meat. As free-ranging omnivores their diet includes grass, bugs, seeds, nuts, and grains. They live a natural turkey life being able to run, forage, fly, bathe, and mate. They are active and range all over the farm visiting the almond orchard, walnut orchard, front porch, and garden several times a day.
Heritage Turkey Body Shape
Heritage Turkey Meat Texture
Heritage Turkey Skin Texture
Here are some tips on cooking a Heritage breed turkey.