Why You Should Buy a Fresh Turkey for Thanksgiving

Farm-Fresh Turkey

The Perks of Purchasing a Farm-Fresh Turkey for Thanksgiving

Cooking the perfect turkey is what Thanksgiving dinner is all about. Whether you are hosting the holiday for the first time or you have been doing it for years and are a “Turkey Day connoisseur,” everyone can agree that nothing compares to the delectable difference a farm-fresh turkey provides.  Learn more about our birds and the perks of purchasing fresh poultry for Thanksgiving.

Fresh Turkey Vs. Frozen Turkey

If you are getting ahead and have already started drafting a game plan for Thanksgiving day, you may be considering buying a frozen turkey from your local supermarket to store it in your freezer until the big day arrives. Allow us to suggest a new approach to your bird purchasing habits. Here are a few reasons why you should consider buying a fresh turkey:

Taste the Freshest Meat You Have Ever Had

Fresh turkeys hold their moisture better, making them more tender and flavorful than their frozen counterparts. During the freezing process, crystals form within the meat, causing fibers to break down and some of the natural flavors to escape once thawed. Hillside turkeys are antibiotic-free, and almost all of the products our company markets are grown and made right in Thurmont, MD. 

Save Time

The USDA recommends thawing your turkey in the fridge and allowing one day for every 4 to 5 pounds of weight, which means you will need up to a week to make sure your bird is ready to go in the oven on Thanksgiving morning. Additionally, professional cooks note that fresh turkeys tend to roast faster than frozen ones.

Fresh Turkeys Could be Safer to Consume

If you purchase a frozen turkey, the best option for it to be ready to roast on Thanksgiving day will be to thaw it in the refrigerator. Alas, we often forget to take it out of the freezer early enough and end up putting a half-frozen turkey in the oven or, even worse, leaving it on the counter to finish defrosting, thus risking bacteria growth and cross-contamination. A fresh turkey eliminates those risks!

Farm-Fresh Turkeys in Maryland

Enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones while sharing high-quality turkey from Hillside Turkey Farms. Our family has been in the business since 1939. We are a privately-owned producer, processor, wholesaler and retailer of fresh turkeys and poultry located in Thurmont, Maryland. We are open year-round and supply poultry and other products to restaurants and gourmet stores in and around the Washington, DC metro area, Baltimore, Maryland and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We will begin taking Thanksgiving orders on November 1. Fill out the online form or contact us to secure the freshest turkey you have ever had!