Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Turkey Hunt

I found a reasonalbly priced turkey! I can't believe it. I didn't really look for one at Thanksgiving but I've been searching high and low for a good deal for the last week since the birds finally made their seasonal appearance in the local supermarkets. The first turkey that I looked at was about 15 lbs(6.8 kg) and cost 52.50 Euro!!(about $75 USD) I almost died. What if I burned the turkey? It'd be a total waste of a lot of money. The next turkey that I checked out was at a local butcher shop. I asked the butcher if he had any turkeys and if he did how much he wanted for one. Of course he had turkeys, Christmas is in a few days! Anyway, he went into his refrigerator and pulled out a turkey that was about the size of a chicken, maybe 5 lbs (2.27 kg) and said that he wanted 7.00 Euro per kg. I instantly thought that if I wanted a bigger turkey I'd end paying a fortune for it so I scratched the butcher off of my list for a turkey. The thing about the turkeys here though is that they are typically sold fresh, not frozen, so I suppose that's what enables the prices to be so high.

As fresh turkeys are probably wonderful I am perfectly happy with buying a frozen one since that is what I am accustomed to. What fun would it be if I didn't have to start thawing a bird 3 or 4 days before I can cook it? I also figured that if I found a frozen turkey it wouldn't be nearly as expensive as a fresh one. When I finally had another chance to look I checked out another store and finallly found one that is 12 lbs (5.4 kg) and was only 12.99 Euro(Just under $19.00). I can live with that!


  1. So, no snatching of the neighbor's bird in the middle of the night or compromising your morales, well done!

    Our butcher wanted 8.00 euros a kilo (good luck with that) and other birds we looked at were around the same price as the first one you found. We're not all that stuck on having a whole turkey (mostly because there aren't frozen or fresh ones to be found year round) so we eat turkey breast and drums for under 5.00 euros to 7.00 euros.

    I kind of miss the free 25 lb Butterball that my American boss used to give me for free.

    Good work in persevering for a decent priced bird :)

  2. Thanks Kat! I actually found it at Lidl. I knew that they had to have one because they usually have other meats frozen.
    Wow, 8.00 euros per kilo...that's the highest I've seen. The butchers may have a lot of turkeys left over this year given the economy here!! I don't care how much money a person has, it's really expensive to buy a turkey!

    About the free turkeys- we miss it too. Kosta used to receive a turkey for Thanksgiving and a Ham for Christmas, that was really nice.
    Have a Merry Christmas!!

  3. Kat-BTW...about the turkey snatching-let's see where I'm at next year! (lol!)

  4. Excellent shopping skills, Cheryl! Proof that checking around really does make a difference. For cooking the turkey, have you ever tried brining the turkey before you bake it. I think it makes a huge difference in taste. Here's an article from the SF Chronicle that describes how to do it (the brined turkey recipe is towards the bottom of the page):
    Good luck!

  5. I hope you have a Merry Christmas !!! I hope you guys have a great turkey dinner :)
    Love you and miss you all !

  6. Laurie-I've never brined a turkey before, thanks for the tip. I won't be able to try it this time but I'll definitely give it a try next time! Thanks!

    pumpkin-Merry Christmas! I wish that I was serving the turkey to all of you!! :(