I kept on wondering what a utility grade 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 and all limbs intact.
Utility grade 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 those limbs missing” I asked myself the same question.
Apparently, there is no quality or taste difference between Canada Grade A or Utility grade turkey. At JD farms the giblets are packed in Grade A turkeys only. Utility grade turkeys have no giblets packed within.
Utility grade turkeys are always frozen, according to my experience. I have bought frozen turkey before but I cant remember whether it was a ‘Utility turkey’ or not because all the limbs were intact.
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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Last Updated October 9, 2017