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Old 11-12-2007, 09:20 AM
 
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The turkey ads showed up in my mailbox the other day. This week I can get a gobbler for 39 to 79 cents a pound, or even for free if I were to spend $100 at one store.


Compare that with the $4.99-a-pound cost for the "heritage" (exotic breed) turkeys featured in a recent article in Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Times Sunday magazine.


Author Lynda V. Mapes described supermarket turkeys as having "cottony meat" and as being "so blanderized by industrial-style production it can be like eating sawdust with butter."


Turkey dinner for just $189 a plate - Smart Spending
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I have to say that free-range birds do taste much, much better. I find chicken and turkeys nowadays completely tasteless, bland and with a strange texture. My great-aunt's neighbours has a few birds and a roast chicken suddenly becomes a true gastronomic experience. I don't bother with supermarket birds but of course I understand that cost is an issue with a lot of people and free range is much more expensive. I also feel that supermarket chickens are bred in unethical and appalling conditions with no concerns for the animals welfare and at the end of the day, how you treat your animals and feed them is reflected in the quality and taste.
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:05 AM
 
Location: S.E. US
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I have to say that free-range birds do taste much, much better. I find chicken and turkeys nowadays completely tasteless, bland and with a strange texture. My great-aunt's neighbours has a few birds and a roast chicken suddenly becomes a true gastronomic experience. I don't bother with supermarket birds but of course I understand that cost is an issue with a lot of people and free range is much more expensive. I also feel that supermarket chickens are bred in unethical and appalling conditions with no concerns for the animals welfare and at the end of the day, how you treat your animals and feed them is reflected in the quality and taste.
...and you consume their stress hormones (and drugs they are fed via commercial feed) and feel comfortable that you saved a buck or two...

That (and other reasons) is why I stick to free range chicken (such as "smart chicken") in the stores.
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