We have stopped taking orders for Thanksgiving. We will have some turkeys available on a first-come-first-serve basis the week of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Turkeys

We are now taking orders for Thanksgiving dinner. Please order your turkeys early because the best sizes will be limited and will go fast. Norbest will not have any whole turkeys smaller than 13 lbs and Ho-Ka's smallest whole turkey will be about 13 lbs. 
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11/11/21 UPDATE
WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING ORDERS FOR NORBEST WHOLE TURKEYS OR TURKEY BREASTS.
  • WE'VE BEEN TOLD THERE IS A SHORTAGE AND ARE UNABLE TO GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ANYMORE THAN WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ORDERED. WE WON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE ANY EXTRA AVAILABLE UNTIL MONDAY, NOV 22. PLEASE CALL THEN IF YOU ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A NORBEST TURKEY. 
 Fresh Whole Turkeys

Ho-Ka Fresh Turkeys
$3.29/LB

13 lbs < Turkey Size> 28-30lbs

Norbest Fresh Turkeys
$2.89/LB

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

13 lbs < Turkey Size> 28 lbs

 Fresh Turkey Breasts

Ho-Ka Breasts
All Sizes:  $4.09/lb 

Norbest Breasts
4-8 lbs:  TBD 
10-12 lbs: TBD
Over 12 lbs: TBD

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This year we are pleased to offer you two selections of fresh Thanksgiving turkeys. You can choose from Ho-Ka Farms fresh turkeys or Norbest Farm fresh turkeys.

HOward KAuffman Turkey Farms is one of the last remaining independent family-owned and operated turkey farms with its own dressing plant in the country.  Providing fresh dressed turkeys to the Northern Illinois area for over 80 years.  These big, beautiful tom turkeys are some of the thousands that are range grown here on the Kauffman Turkey Farm.  Their turkeys are grown from one day of age until they are dressed in the farm's federally inspected plant.  They raise their birds with an emphasis on quality.  This means that the turkeys grow more slowly and develop a richer flavor and denser texture.

Norbest turkeys are ranch raised in Utah and are 100% natural. Norbest was founded in 1930 and has become an industry leader by improving the breeding, growing, processing, and marketing of turkeys. Norbest turkey production practices are humane, with the health and comfort of the birds of paramount importance. Turkeys are fed a balanced diet comprised mostly of corn, soybean meal, minerals, and vitamins. Turkeys are not fed growth hormones to make them grow faster. 

There are only so many of these fresh, local birds available, since turkey flock sizes are set in late spring, so it’s important to place a preorder. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, the size of the turkey may become more limited and it may become difficult to fulfill your size request because of availability, especially with COVID and supply chain issues this year. Our best advice is to place your order early to get the best and widest selection of turkey sizes. Priority will be given to those that order early. 

 

Turkey FAQs

1. How do I order a turkey?

 

You can order a turkey by coming into the butcher shop or calling us on the phone.  We will take your contact information and order and then assign you a number. It is important to remember this number because when you come to pick up your order the butcher will ask for it so that he/she can find the order quickly. If you forget your order number, we can look it up based on your contact information that was provided at the time the order was placed, but please be aware that this will be a much longer process.

 

2. What size turkey do I need to buy?

 

When deciding what size turkey to buy, figure 1 to 1-1/2 pounds per person, depending on whether you are big eaters and how much you want leftover. It is generally recommended to figure on 1-1/2 pounds per person so that there are enough leftovers.  Here is a link to a cool turkey calculator.

 

3. How long do I roast my turkey?

The following are recommendations. When cooking a turkey, always use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness.

Roasting a Fresh Turkey:


A fresh turkey will usually cook faster than one that has been frozen. Check the doneness often! Cook at 325°F, until thigh temperature is 180°F and Breast/Stuffing is 165°F.


Estimated times:

8-12 pound turkey:  Unstuffed 2-3/4 - 3 hours, Stuffed 3 - 3-1/2 hours

12-14 pound turkey:  Unstuffed 3 - 3-3/4 hours, Stuffed 3-1/2 - 4 hours

14-18 pound turkey:  Unstuffed 3-3/4 - 4-1/4 hours, Stuffed 4 - 4-1/2 hours

18-20 pound turkey:  Unstuffed 4-1/4 - 4-1/2 hours, Stuffed 4-1/4 - 4-3/4 hours

20-24 pound turkey:  Unstuffed 4-1/2 - 5 hours, Stuffed 4-3/4 - 5-1/4 hours


Roasting a Turkey Breast:


Cook at 325°F. Cook until the temperature is 170°F.


Approximate times:
4-6 pounds: 1-1/2 - 2-1/4 hours
6-8 pounds: 2-1/4 - 3-1/4 hours

 

4. Do I need to rest the turkey before I carve it?

 

Yes, you should rest the turkey before carving. Grab one side of the roasting rack with an oven mitt and tilt the whole pan so the liquids inside the turkey cavity run out into the pan. (These juices are used to make the gravy.) Then, lift the whole turkey (still on the rack) and transfer it to a cutting board. Tent the turkey with aluminum foil and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. This gives time for the meat to firm up and the juices to be re-absorbed into the muscle tissue, making the turkey easier to slice and taste juicier