UPDATE: WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING ORDERS FOR TURKEYS.
Fresh Whole Turkeys
Ho-Ka Fresh Turkeys
12 lbs < Turkey Size > 30lbs
Fresh Turkey Breasts
Ho-Ka Fresh Breasts (Bone-In)
7 lbs < Breast Size > 11.5 lbs
This year we are only offering fresh Ho-Ka Farms whole turkeys and turkey breasts.
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.
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 an order. As we get closer to our November 15 deadline, the size of the turkey may become more limited and it may become difficult to fulfill your size request because of availability. 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.
LAST DAY TO PLACE AN ORDER IS NOVEMBER 12!
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.
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.
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