Willie Bird Fresh Free-Range Turkey, Christmas Delivery
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Just before the holidays, people wait in line for hours to buy all-natural turkeys at the Willie Bird ranch in Sonoma County, California. These legendary birds are among the world's best: extraordinarily juicy, succulent and flavorful. They’re raised on a tasty natural diet and allowed to roam freely on the golden, oak-shaded hills. The coveted turkeys are shipped directly to you directly from the farm – no standing in line required!
- Quantities are limited; preorder yours today for automatic Christmas delivery (see Shipping tab for details).
- Shipped fresh to arrive chilled.
- Made in USA.
- Dimensions & More Info
- Approx. 10–12 lb. (serves approx. 8–10)
- Approx. 12–14 lb. (serves approx. 9–11)
- Approx. 14–16 lb. (serves approx. 11–13)
- Approx. 16–18 lb. (serves approx. 13–14)
- Approx. 18–20 lb. (serves approx. 14–16)
- Approx. 20–22 lb. (serves approx. 16–18)
- Approx. 24–26 lb. (serves approx. 19–21)
- Giblets are included.
- Use & Care
- Your turkey was shipped fresh with ice packs to arrive chilled. Refrigerate or freeze the turkey, still in the vacuum-sealed bag, immediately upon receipt; it keeps 7 days refrigerated and up to 3 months frozen. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting and remove it from the bag. Do not leave the turkey at room temperature longer than 1 hour.
Roasting an Unstuffed Turkey
- A turkey is easier to prepare and roasts more evenly and faster if left unstuffed; the stuffing can be baked separately. The times listed below are calculated for an unstuffed turkey. Bring the bird to room temperature. Place it, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and roast at 400°F for 30 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 325°F and continue roasting until done. Allow 13 to 15 minutes per pound.
Turkey Weight Approximate Roasting Time
- 10 to 12 lb. – 2 1/4 to 3 hours
- 12 to 14 lb. – 2 3/4 to 3 1/4 hours
- 14 to 16 lb. – 3 to 3 3/4 hours
- 16 to 18 lb. – 3 1/4 to 4 hours
- 18 to 20 lb. – 3 1/2 to 4 1/4 hours
- 20 to 22 lb. – 3 3/4 to 4 1/2 hours
- 24 to 26 lb. – 4 to 4 3/4 hours
Roasting a Stuffed Turkey
- Stuff the turkey just before putting it in the oven (do not stuff it earlier). Spoon the dressing loosely into the body and neck cavities. Do not overfill, as the dressing will expand during roasting. Truss the turkey. To facilitate removing the stuffing, first line the inside of the cavity with a double layer of cheesecloth, allowing it to extend beyond the cavity by a few inches. Then spoon the stuffing inside. After roasting the bird, gently pull the overhanging cheesecloth and the stuffing will slip out easily, neatly tucked inside the cheesecloth. To ensure that a stuffed turkey cooks evenly, roast the bird slowly, breast side up, at 325°F, covering the breast loosely with foil for the first two-thirds of the roasting time. Using the chart at left, add about 30 minutes to the total cooking time for stuffed birds weighing 16 lb. or less, and about 1 hour for birds weighing more than 16 lb.
Testing for Doneness
- The breast and thighs must reach different internal temperatures for ideal doneness. The breast should register 165°F and the thigh, 175°F. Begin testing for doneness 30 minutes to 1 hour before the total roasting time is reached. To test the breast using an instant-read thermometer, insert it into the meatiest part, several inches above the wings.To test the thigh, insert the instant-read thermometer alongside the opening of the main cavity underneath the drumstick, away from the bone. This is the meatiest part of the thigh.
- The turkey will continue to cook internally after you remove it from the oven, so you may take it out when the thermometer registers 3°F to 4°F below the minimum temperature. Then cover the bird loosely with aluminum foil. If roasting a stuffed bird, be sure the stuffing reaches 165°F. After taking the turkey out of the oven, let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes. This allows time for some of the juices to be absorbed back into the meat, which makes it easier to carve and more moist. If roasting a stuffed bird, remove all of the stuffing at serving time.
- 100% turkey.
To ensure freshness, this item is shipped overnight from the supplier and is not eligible for rush shipping.
- For Thanksgiving delivery, order by 11:59PM PT, Friday, November 17; ships November 20 to arrive by November 22.
- For Christmas delivery, order by 11:59PM PT, Sunday, December 17; ships December 20 to arrive by December 22.
The shipping rate varies depending on your order total and shipping destination. Delivery surcharges apply. View Shipping Options and Charges. View Shipping Options and Charges.
At Williams Sonoma, we take great pride in the quality and craftsmanship of our products. Attention to design, materials, safety and construction are our priority. Upon receipt, please inspect your purchase and notify us of any damage; we will arrange for a prompt replacement.
We cannot accept returns on monogrammed, personalized, special-order items, custom upholstery, food, items shipped direct from the vendor, or on items damaged through normal wear and tear. Final sale items ending in .97 or .99 cannot be returned. View Full Returns Policy.
- About Willie Bird Turkeys
The Benedetti family started raising turkeys in Northern California’s Sonoma County back in 1948. In 1963, Willie Benedetti developed the formula for the now-famous Willie Bird Turkey, which the family raises in the rolling, oak-studded hills just east of Santa Rosa. The birds roam freely around the grassy acreage, tended and nurtured by Willie, his brother Riley and their cousin Rocky Koch. The best we’ve tasted, Willie-Bird free-range turkeys are raised with care, fed only the best natural grains and vegetable proteins, and never treated with hormones or antibiotics.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Zuckererbse from Best there is, always fresh and delicious I have been ordering the Willie Bird for many years. Shipping is reliable and fast, and even in the hot San Diego climate, the ice packs keep it cool and fresh. The product and taste are far superior to any of its supermarket cousins.Date published: 2017-11-30Rated 1 out of 5 by Frieda70 from VERY Disappointed! I bought a fresh(?) Willie bird for our families Thanksgiving dinner. It came with a big chunk of Ice in the cavity and freezer burn in the exact form of the wing that had been stuck to the breast for some time. The skin was so thin that it was bare in large spots over the breast and other places. Since I had spent, which I consider way too much money for this not fresh turkey, I cooked it anyway. It was awful! I had seasoned it with salt and pepper and tried to baste it with butter. Because there was no skin covering the breast and many parts of the bird, it turned out very DRY and tasteless. I would not recommend this to anybody. I have made moist and wonderful turkeys for many years. It was not a pleasant experience to have the focal point of the dinner this bad.Date published: 2017-11-28Rated 1 out of 5 by BWSF from Delivered product was not "Fresh" for Thanksgiving This is directly from the product description: "Shipped fresh to arrive chilled." We have been ordering Willie Bird Turkeys for a number of years and up until last year they have always come "chilled" on dry ice and ready to go into the oven. Last year, it was partially frozen and although it was a concern I just figured - okay - too close to one of the chillers. This year however, was quite another story. It came frozen solid on Tuesday afternoon. Stuck it in the fridge to start thawing, Wed morning stuck it in a water bath for 9 hours to help with the thawing process and stuck it back in the fridge overnight. Pulled it out on Thanksgiving and opened it up to clean and stuff and still pulled a large ice core out of the body cavity. Like I mentioned earlier, FROZEN SOLID not "chilled" As a customer, you depend on descriptions to be accurate especially for the price you are paying. Also, we have always ordered "Fresh" because freezing does change the texture of the meat. William-Sonoma Customer Service was VERY understanding but could could not answer the single most important question. "Why did I get a frozen turkey and should I expect this to be a continuing issue moving forward?" So consumer, be educated - descriptions may not always be accurate when purchasing a "Fresh" product. "Fresh" in this case may mean "Fresh Frozen" or it could mean that it's been sitting in a freezer from last years leftover birds that did not sell. Next year for the same dollar amount I may be going to Whole Foods for my Fresh bird.Date published: 2017-11-24Rated 2 out of 5 by Mayzie from Overpriced The bird arrived well packaged and insulated on time as promised. Other than the convinience factor, It was “ OK.” The flavor was different,and was quite salty since 1-2 hours later we were all guzzling water to drink. I cooked it on an oven bag yet it seemed a bit drier than the usual Butterballs I purchase. 6 of us ate it and 4 thought it was fine, 2 thought it was subpar. For a $40 saving next year I’m going back to Butterball.Date published: 2017-11-24Rated 1 out of 5 by Scott H from Not "Fresh" on arrival I was very excited to see a fresh "free range" and organic option available for the turkey this year. The main thing that attracted me was the description that the bird would be sent fresh and had at no point been frozen. This was definitely not the case with our bird. Arrived nicely packed with a single ice pack - but obviously had been completely frozen before shipment... hard as a rock. When you pay this much for a quality product you expect to receive what has been advertised.Date published: 2017-11-23Rated 1 out of 5 by slabix from So Disappointing: This is a Frozen Turkey My turkey arrived today and it was frozen. FROZEN! How can W-S advertise a "fresh turkey" and then delivery one very obviously in early stages of defrosting. I called customer service and they said, "Yes, sometimes the fresh turkeys are frozen, and sometimes they are not." Well, I could be wrong, but as far as I know "Fresh" means never frozen. I was so looking forward to this bird for Thanksgiving, and I could not be more disappointing. W-S has refunded my money, but it doesn't change the fact that they've made my Thanksgiving a little less special. Why would I ever pay this much for a frozen bird? Never again.Date published: 2017-11-22Rated 5 out of 5 by Lakennedy24 from Best decision ever! My traditional way of getting my free range natural turkey in past years was to order in advance @ a local farm. In the days prior to Thanksgving I would be forced to wait on a crazy line and deal with parking that could not accommodate the demand! This year I ordered a Wille Bird delivered to my home! Imagine? I have to say it was absolutely delicious...possibly better than the local bird....best part is how easy it was ! Directions that were provided were perfect. Thank you for helping host a fabulous Thanksgivng dinner. Well worth it!Date published: 2016-12-08Rated 5 out of 5 by cookingwithjackson from Smooth delivery process / quality turkey Unless you have an arrangement with a local turkey farm, I recommend this service hands down. A quality turkey is what's going to separate your dinner from the next; friends of mine actually said they preferred the taste of my turkey over others they had elsewhere, and I did nothing special - just rubbed the outside with some salt and pepper.Date published: 2016-11-29