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Thanksgiving and Christmas are the key times everyone gravitates to turkey, but its popularity over the last decade has grown by 110% in Canada*. More people are eating turkey all year long and adding it to more and more dishes.

Nutritionally Sound:  
Turkey is an inexpensive, highly nutritious and readily available lean meat. One serving of turkey meets more than one half of your daily protein requirement. It has half the fat of beef and 30% fewer calories.
Other great nutritional facts:

  • Turkey contains essential nutrients: phosphorous, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc
  • It’s high in vitamin B12 and D
  • Turkey contains minerals which improve the immune system and inhibit cancer
  • Its niacin and vitamin B helps facilitate energy conversion, helps prevent cancer and decreases the risk of heart disease
A Little Background:  
Turkey is a variety of pheasant that roamed North America as far back as 2000 years ago. It takes 17 to 20 weeks and an estimated 30kg of feed to raise one 11kg turkey.  
Helpful Preparation Guidelines:  
  • Whole turkeys have a 50% meat yield.
  • Allow 6oz (180g) of meat per person if served as a main course with side dishes.
  • Thaw times for frozen birds:
  • Refrigerated: 5 hours per pound
  • Cold water method:Immerse wrapped bird in cold water and change water every hour: 1 hour per pound
  • Approximate roasting time at 325F or 160C: 25 minutes per pound
  • Internal cooking temperature of a whole turkey should reach 170°F (77°C) in the breast and 180°F (82°C) in the thigh.
  • Let bird stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving

Hayter’s Turkey  

The Hayter family has been in business for over 60 years. They process over 350,000 turkeys annually, of which over 200,000 are raised, harvested and processed on-site. Their turkeys are born free and pampered in spacious surroundings maintaining their highest standard of excellence. Hayter’s Farms also produce a full line of turkey products such as sausages, pepperettes and burgers that should be enjoyed any time of year. We are proud to feature them as our Ontario supplier for December.

Our recipe this month is dedicated to all those Turkey leftovers you may have after your Turkey Dinner.



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