Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number

Many companies try to get you to pay more by labeling their turkey as “young.” Don’t be fooled. Youth has nothing to do with how well the turkey is raised or how good it will taste.

“Young” on the label means the turkey was less than eight months old. But, since conventional turkeys are almost always grown in four or five months, the only birds that don’t have the label are some of the better-tasting, slower-growing heritage breeds., which are also more lean than their faster growing counterparts.

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