Willie Bird Fresh Free-Range Pre-Brined Organic Turkey
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Brining a turkey is a wonderful method for enhancing its juiciness and flavor, but home cooks are often intimidated by the time and space required. Our pre-brined, organic Willie Bird turkey offers a convenient alternative. The turkey is shipped in a vacuum-sealed bag directly from a family farm in Northern California, where free-range birds are raised on natural grains, free of antibiotics and hormones. Inspired by our best-selling autumn fruit and spice blend recipe, this year's brine features hints of apple, lemon, garlic and rosemary – for a turkey that's savory, succulent and not overly salty.
- Certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
- See More Info tab for number of servings per weight range.
- Shipped fresh to arrive chilled; will keep for up to 7 days refrigerated.
- Quantities are limited; preorder yours today for automatic Thanksgiving or Christmas delivery.
- For Thanksgiving Delivery, order by November 22, 2019, 11:59pm PT, for delivery on November 26-27.
- For Christmas Delivery, order by December 20, 2019, 9:00pm PT, for delivery on December 24.
- Please note: Once an order has been placed, no updates can be made to the shipping address.
- Made in USA.
- Dimensions & More Info
- Approx. 10–12 lb. (serves 7–9).
- Approx. 12–14 lb. (serves 9–11).
- Approx. 14–16 lb. (serves 11–13).
- Approx. 16–18 lb. (serves 13–14).
- Approx. 20–22 lb. (serves 16–18).
- Approx. 22–24 lb. (serves 18–20).
- Giblets are not 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
- 10–12 lb., 2 1/4–3 hours
- 12–14 lb., 2 3/4–3 1/4 hours
- 14–16 lb., 3–3 3/4 hours
- 16–18 lb., 3 1/4–4 hours
- 20–22 lb., 3 3/4–4 1/2 hours
- 22–24 lb., 4–4 1/2 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 approximate roasting times listed above, 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.
- Organic turkey, water, salt, spices (kosher salt, organic apple powder [organic apple, organic rice flour], organic lemon powder [organic lemon, silica dioxide], organic garlic, organic rosemary, organic thyme, organic star anise, organic black pepper, organic bay leaf, organic onion).
To ensure freshness, this item is shipped overnight from the supplier and is not eligible for rush shipping. We do not ship perishable items outside the contiguous 48 states or P.O. Boxes.
- For Thanksgiving delivery, order by 11:59PM PT, Friday, November 22 to arrive November 26-27.
- For Christmas delivery, order by 9:00PM PT, Sunday, December 15 to arrive December 24.
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- About Willie Bird Turkeys
The Benedetti family started raising turkeys in Northern California's Sonoma County 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 csalapatas from The Best I've Ever Had! This turkey was mouthwatering! I seasoned it with lemon and spices, then put the lemons in the cavity with sage and glazed it with the bourbon glaze. It just melted in your mouth. It was also the largest bird I've ever cooked at 26lbs! And it fit in the old Nesco roaster!Date published: 2014-12-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Peggy007 from Willie was the best bird ever! This bird was the most moist, seasoned and Tastiest turkey I have ever cooked or eaten! I and family loved it! BUT Would have preferred more specific directions from WS about what to do with plastic do- hicky and turkey inerds that accompanied our bird. I had to google search for answers to thatDate published: 2014-11-28
My turkey simply looks like a turkey in a plastic bag. I am concerned it was NOT brined. I do not want to open the sealed bag, because I have to transport this bird to my mother's house to be cooked. Is there a way to tell if it's been brined???Hi Ursie, The Willie Bird Pre-Brined Turkeys are shipped in clear, plastic bags.Date published: 2018-11-21
Instructions say not to take the bird out of the plastic until an hour before you’re about to bake it. Why? I like to put a whole chicken in the fridge uncovered for a day to dry out the skin before baking. I still get a moist bird with crispy skin. Hi Pips, It is fine to remove the turkey from the bag a day in advance of when you plan to roast it. The turkey just needs to be taken out of the refrigerator one hour before cooking.Date published: 2018-11-21