Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

Let's Talk Turkey

By Paige Brady, November 11, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
Looking for an all-encompassing guide to help answer your questions about turkey buying, cooking, carving and more? Well, we’ve got you covered! It’s our job to think about turkeys all year long so when it comes down to the quintessential turkey holiday, you know you can depend on us for the best. Let’s break it down. Buying First off, let’s take a quick look at why we think you should get your turkey from us instead of somewhere else.  All of our turkeys are raised with these standards:
  • No antibiotics — ever
  • No animal byproducts in feed
  • No supplemental growth hormones (federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones when raising poultry)
Every turkey we sell meets these strict quality standards, so no matter what type of bird you serve, you can feel good about what you put on your table. Now, about those types. We offer a wide variety of frozen, fresh, value, organic, kosher, heirloom and more. How to choose? We put together this easy reference A Bird for Every Budget cheat sheet. Just match it up with what is right for you and your family. And since Whole Foods Market goes to the effort to know exactly where our turkeys come, we thought you'd like a chance to meet our turkey farmers and ranchers and find out a little bit about the people behind your holiday dinner. Cooking Preparing and serving a centerpiece turkey can create anxiety for even the most seasoned cook. Questions abound, such as: What’s the deal with brining? Should I stuff the turkey or not? What equipment do I need? How big a turkey should I cook? We’ve put together our Cooking A Perfect Turkey guide — full of cooking tips and recipes to help instruct your once-a-year turkey preparations and assure success. Recipes include this traditional style Golden Roasted Turkey, this new take for Ginger Glazed Turkey with Roasted Fruits and this Turkey Breast with Mushroom-Leek Stuffing for those who don't want or need to cook an entire turkey but would like the "turkey with stuffing" experience. Carving Honestly, carving the turkey can be just as stressful as cooking it! While I personally wouldn’t want anyone to feel bad about their carving abilities (I’ve messed up plenty in this area myself!), we’ve gathered our best tips and created this photo walk-through of how to carve your turkey, step by step. My carving may not turn out quite as well as these photos, but it’s a heck of a lot better than before. Leftovers Some people like leftovers and some don’t. I always plan to have lots of leftovers so I don’t cook for a few days after Thanksgiving. Regardless of your preference, you can use our Servings Calculator to help figure out how much of everything — from hors d’oeuvres to sides and dessert — you’ll need for your meal. And in our Holiday Leftover Tips guide, we’ve got you covered with ideas for making sure those leftovers are packed up safely and used up well with all kinds of ideas for turning them into new dishes. A Fun Bit of Thanksgiving Turkey Trivia Looking for safe dinner table conversation? Check out our turkey trivia video for some fun facts and a break from the holiday madness.
Got questions about turkey that we didn’t cover? Let us know and we’ll try to help!
Category: Holidays 2010, Turkeys




Lizzy says ...
Oh I loved this...We honestly don't cook turkey out here...I was thinking of doing it for a change but was stuck on how to go about it...
11/12/2010 3:05:05 AM CST
Tara says ...
I'm doing my first turkey this year, so thanks for this info. A few questions. How long can one of the fresh ones stay in the fridge? Since it's not frozen through, how long does it take to thaw the ice layer? And since fresh ones take less time to cook, what would be the standard per pound cooking time? Thanks!
11/12/2010 2:57:24 PM CST
bepkom says ...
Tara, we've got a GREAT online resource that will help you with all your questions. Just click the link to read all about how to cook the perfect turkey: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/holidays/guides/turkey.php
11/12/2010 2:59:11 PM CST
dona breitbarth says ...
To Whom It May Concern: I'm looking for a store that sells turkeys that are gluten and sulfate free. Thanks, Dona Breitbarth
11/12/2010 4:24:58 PM CST
LisaTheVegetarian says ...
Does Whole Foods sell Celebration Roast which is the turkey equivalent for vegetarians during Thanksgiving?
11/12/2010 9:32:21 PM CST
Mary Ann says ...
I read the Whole Foods Holiday guide about turkeys as suggested. However it does not answer the question as to how long a fresh turkey can be kept in refrigerator before cooking-1 day,2 days,3 days????Thanks .
11/14/2010 6:33:42 PM CST
Mary Ann says ...
Please help-how long can I keep a fresh turkey in refrigerator before cooking?If I pick it up on Monday will it be okay for Thanksgiving cooking?
11/16/2010 4:08:31 PM CST
Laura says ...
Hi, your tip guide is useful but yet sort of useless when you do not print the brands of turkeys that you sell next to each category starting with frozen up to heirloom.
11/17/2010 6:40:41 PM CST
pat m says ...
This is for MaryAnn : Fresh whole turkey1 to 2 days in refrigerator. suggest you go the following link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/turkey_from_farm_to_table/index.asp
11/18/2010 12:33:03 AM CST
randy says ...
I live in Wellington, Florida and plan on purchasing my turkey from Whole Food. I am having 20 people and will need about a 25 pound turkey. Do I need to order in advance?
11/19/2010 1:06:58 PM CST
bepkom says ...
I DO suggest pre-ordering your turkey to ensure you get exactly the bird you want. You can place your order at the meat counter or the holiday table at your local store.
11/19/2010 1:12:28 PM CST
DeLene Gilbert says ...
Do I need to reserve a fresh organic turkey for me to buy there but cook myself?
10/25/2011 8:27:51 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@DeLene Your community Whole Foods Market is open for pre-order Turkeys and should also offer pre-cooked Turkeys for pre-order as well. I encourage you to reach out to that store directly for the most accurate information on your pre-order options. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your community Whole Foods Market. Wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
10/28/2011 2:11:44 PM CDT
Babara says ...
Great web site but how to I order a turkey on line?????
11/07/2011 1:28:11 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Barbara It's pretty easy stuff. Go to the below link, make sure you select your store location and start shopping! To find the turkey, you'll want to select the "Thanksgiving" link. Happy hunting! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/shop/
11/07/2011 5:33:04 PM CST
Agnes McAvoy says ...
I want to buy a cooked turkey, etc. and have it delivered.
11/08/2011 5:33:43 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Agnes That's great! The best way to learn what your order and delivery options are is to contact your community's Whole Foods Market directly. A Team Member at your store will have the full list of information available to you regarding options for order and delivery. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store. Happy hunting! www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
11/10/2011 3:42:34 PM CST
Karen says ...
Can anyone tell me if the precooked Diestel turkey is gluten free?? Thanks.
11/20/2012 10:48:11 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAREN - I would suggest reaching out to the store location where you plan on purchasing your turkey. The meat department should be able to help you out!
11/23/2012 3:11:34 PM CST
Clhoe' says ...
I would like to use the honey rosemary brine recipe. Can I do that with a bone in turkey breast? Thank u in advance :)
11/26/2013 10:09:38 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHLOE - This should still work on a turkey breast. Let us know how it turns out!
11/27/2013 1:51:45 PM CST
Ricardo says ...
HI! I would like to know if you deliver to Oshawa. Thanks!
10/08/2014 10:01:51 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RICARDO - At this time we do not ship anything perishable and we have a store in Austin that can ship non-perishable items within the US. If you are looking for non-perishable items, you can call the Concierge desk at 512-542-2243 for more info. If there is a store within your area, you can always call them directly to see if they offer delivery to your area.
10/08/2014 11:37:59 AM CDT
jackie says ...
Can you order the precooked turkey dinner a day ahead of Thanksgiving?
11/04/2014 8:56:04 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JACKIE - Our stores should have their online menus up this week so you can even place your order now! Find your local menu at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.
11/05/2014 1:21:40 PM CST