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Holiday Turkey Tips & Tricks

If you're a traditionalist when it comes to your holiday dinner then Turkey is on the menu. And whether it be your first or fiftieth turkey, we've got some tips and tricks to make this your best holiday turkey ever.

TFM Holiday Turkey

Raised in Pennsylvania's Amish country, our turkeys are fed a vegetarian diet free of animal by-products. Our humane animal welfare standards produce healthy turkeys that grow naturally without the need for antibiotics. As always, our turkeys are produced just prior to each holiday and sold to you fresh, never frozen. The difference in diet, animal care and handling is evident in the unmatched taste and tenderness of this bird.

Turkey Roasting Guide

Cooked Thawed Turkeys in a 325ºF oven until the internal temperature is at a minimum of 178ºF. Approximate cooking times below:

WeightUnstuffedStuffed
8 - 12 lbs 2.75 - 3 hrs 3 - 3.5 hrs
12 - 14 lbs 3 - 3.75 hrs 3.5 - 4 hrs
14 - 18 lbs 3.75 - 4 hrs 4 - 4.25 hrs
18 - 20 lbs 4.25 - 4.5 hrs 4.5 - 5 hrs
20 - 24 lbs 5 - 5.5 hrs 5.5 - 6 hrs

Brining 101

Brining is a great way to add flavor and depth to your turkey before it is cooked. And, with our perfect blend of brining spices along with the Fire and Flavor Brining Bag, brining your bird has never been easier! Follow these easy Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Remove turkey from any wrapping and remove innards from turkey.
  2. Follow instructions on brining bag for appropriate amount of water and brining mix to create your brine. Submerge turkey in brining bag, making sure there is about one to two inches of brine covering turkey.
  3. Let the turkey soak for roughly one hour per pound.
  4. Flip or rotate turkey about halfway through the process to make sure that the entire body gets an equal amount of brine absorption.
  5. Make sure that the temperature of the brining solution - and the turkey itself - does not exceed 40ºF!
  6. Rinse the turkey, both inside and outside, under cold water until there are no visible traces of salt or other seasonings. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels and roast.

Stuffing for Your Turkey

Can you believe it? We took old "stuffy" stuffing and gave it a face lift. Gone are the sad little cubes and blah seasonings you ate growing up! The Fresh Market Cornbread Stuffing is made from fresh baked cornbread, hand-cut and perfectly seasoned with just the right balance of herbs.

You can have our stuffing as a tasty companion to your holiday meal, but why just eat it then? Who said stuffing should only be eated during the holidays? Don't deprive yourself the rest of the year! Go out and stuff an acorn squash any given Tuesday and toss it in the oven for a little piece of heaven for dinner.

For fool-proof stuffing, use one of the recipes below and wow your friends and family. Be careful though, you might earn a reputation as a good cook!

What Brine should you use?

  • Classic – A mix of sea salt, garlic, mustard seed, rosemary, black and white peppercorns, sage, lemon and orange peel.
  • Honey – A mix of sea salt, garlic, mustard seed, rosemary, black and white peppercorns, lemon peel, orange peel and natural honey flavor.
  • Herbs de Provence – A mix of sea salt, sugar, rosemary, tarragon, black peppercorns, white peppercorns, thyme, oregano, green peppercorns, lavender, basil, marjoram, fennel seed and natural flavor.

Unforgetable Sauces for Your Turkey

Turkey is fantastic served on its own, but if you're looking for something to serve alongside, here are a few to choose from:

TFM Cranberry Relish – Made from fresh cranberries, orange zest, honey and walnut pieces, our signature Cranberry Relish has just the right balance of sweet and tart to complement your holiday dinner. Have leftovers? Add to your post-holiday turkey sandwich! Available in the Deli.
Cranberry Orange Chutney – This chutney is simple to make for a made-from-scratch topping for your holiday turkey.
Stonewall Kitchen Old Farmhouse Chutney – A pleasing combination of fruits, onions and spices, this chutney pairs well with pork, chicken or turkey.
Stonewall Kitchen New England Cranberry Relish – A blend of whole tart cranberries with zesty orange makes a wonderful accompaniment for poultry or a terrific spread to top a turkey sandwich.