I kept on wondering what a utility turkey is so I googled and here is what I found out: Turkeys are graded according to quality of appearance. Grade A turkeys are well shaped, meaty, with an even fat covering.
Utility turkeys are birds with minor skin tears or one or more parts missing.. The missing parts can vary from turkey to turkey. According to Amanda her mum bought a utility turkey and both legs were missing, as well as the wings. I am sure you must be asking “why were those limbs missing” I asked myself the same question. I have bought frozen turkey before but I cant remember whether it was a ‘Utility turkey’ or not because all the limbs were intact.
Apparently, there is no quality or taste difference between Canada Grade A or Utility grade turkeys. At JD farms the giblets are packed in Grade A turkeys only. Utility grade turkeys have no giblets packed within.
Most of my friends are of the opinion that fresh turkey (not ever frozen), has the best taste. Others argue that butterball is the best because it’s brined. I think it’s a matter of personal preference, palate and depth of pocket. In the last few years, I have been buying fresh turkey, so I can’t remember what the frozen ones used to taste like….
Which turkey do you buy and why?
Have a lovely weekend!!!! And to my fellow Canadians I wish you a pleasant Turkey Shopping and a Happy Thanksgiving, ahead.
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