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Are your Plainville Farms turkeys free range?
Our turkeys are free to roam, but we keep them protected. We raise our turkeys in naturally ventilated barns where they have ample space. These buildings provide them with shelter from weather extremes, protection from diseases that wild fowl carry and easy access to fresh feed and water. By providing a free roaming atmosphere, temperature-controlled housing, and plenty of feed and water, the turkeys thrive well in a stress-free environment. “Free range” poultry are unprotected from these environmental stresses.
Does your feed contain GMOs?
Our organic feed never has GMOs (genetically modified organisms) so our organic line is definitely GMO-free. With our ABF line, our goal is to avoid sourcing feed with GMOs. However, because the vast majority of corn and soybean crops grown in the US contain GMOs, it is impossible to track accurately. For this reason, we cannot make a non-GMO claim for our ABF birds; only for the organic birds.
What does a “natural” label mean on turkey?
A turkey that is labeled “Natural” means the turkey was minimally processed and contains no artificial ingredients. Unless otherwise noted on the packaging, the bird was given antibiotics throughout its life and fed animal by-products. It says nothing about the food they ate or the conditions of their shelter. You will find that Plainville Farms turkey products are “beyond natural”, because we raise our turkey the way nature truly intended.
What are the requirements to label a turkey organic?
To be a certified organic, a turkey must be free range, antibiotic free, and fed a vegetarian diet containing grains that have been certified organic. Certified organic grains are defined as those free of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, not using any genetically modified organisms, and grown on farmland that has been chemical free for at least three years. An organic turkey also must be minimally processed, no artificial ingredients.
What is an Antibiotic Free (ABF) turkey?
ABF turkeys are never ever given antibiotics. Conventionally raised birds are regularly administered antibiotics (even when they aren’t sick) to help them grow faster. So it’s a huge difference.
We take care of our turkeys so they stay healthy. We don’t rely on antibiotics to do it for us. Our ABF birds are free-roaming in roomy barns, with 30% more space than conventional houses. That means, they’re surrounded by fresh air, not germs. They’re also vegetarian fed. Sure it costs more and takes more effort, but we wouldn’t do it any other way.
The results are worth it, because the birds live better and taste better too. Most importantly it is the most responsible way to raise poultry. And we consider caring a part of our job.
Do you ever use growth hormones or stimulants to quicken growth?
Never. But neither does anyone. Federal regulations haven’t permitted them for decades. And we happen to agree with them.
What do you feed your turkeys?
Turkeys are vegetarians, so we feed them that way. All of our turkeys are raised on our own special recipe of corn and soybeans. It’s completely free of all animal byproducts. Naturally, the birds like it better that way.
How do I know that I’m purchasing enough turkey for my family gathering?
We recommend 1 pound to 1-1/2 pounds of uncooked turkey per person for a whole bird presentation. This will allow enough for the holiday feast and leftovers for the much loved turkey sandwiches.
How long does it take to roast a turkey?
Depends on the size. Generally it’s about 15 minutes per pound for an unstuffed Plainville Farms turkey at 325°F. Just tent it with foil so that the breast stays nice and moist while the rest of the bird has a chance to cook through. Remove the foil about an hour before you expect the turkey to be finished cooking so that the outside is browned evenly. Our turkeys have pop up timers to let you know when they’re done, but we always recommend double checking that the internal temp of the bird is 175°F.
Is your turkey gluten free?
Yes, our turkey is gluten free and casein free. However, our turkey gravy and our homestyle dressing contain wheat. Our marinated teriyaki turkey tenderloins contain soy. Please read the ingredients labels.
Do you use Roxarsone in the feed?
No we do not and never have. (roxarsone is an arsenical compound found in many conventional feeds)
Is there a difference in taste between a hen and a tom?
Hens typically run 10-18 lbs. Toms run from 18-35 lbs. There is no difference in taste, moistness, or tenderness between a hen or a tom.
How long can I keep a turkey in the freezer?
A frozen turkey can be kept in a 0º freezer indefinitely provided it’s in its original wrapping and has never been defrosted.
How long can I keep a fresh turkey in the refrigerator?
It’s best to keep your fresh turkey in the coldest part of your refrigerator – bottom shelf in back. Prepare by Sell By Date on box or price sticker.
How long can I keep the gravy in the fridge once it is defrosted?
Gravy should be used within 5 days of removing from freezer or if part of a dinner kit, by the date on the Dinner Box.
How long can I keep the Dressing in the fridge?
Dressing should be used within 5 days of removing from freezer, or if purchased as part of a dinner kit, by the date on the Dinner Box.
How can I make sure my turkey does not contain salmonella?
Salmonella bacteria are widespread in nature and live and grow in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. Fully cooked foods, including poultry, do not normally contain Salmonella. The disease caused by salmonella (salmonellosis) may occur if foods contaminated by the bacteria are not properly cooked or are mishandled after cooking. Salmonella are found in both cooked and uncooked foods, especially protein foods such as meat, milk, poultry and eggs.
Salmonella is heat sensitive and can be destroyed by cooking food to temperatures above 165ºF. Cross-contamination of foods should be avoided. Uncooked poultry should be kept separate from produce, cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods. Hands, cutting boards, counters, knives and other utensils should be washed thoroughly after handling uncooked foods. Hands should be washed before handling any food and between handling different food items.
I only eat meat from poultry that has been humanely raised. How can I be assured your turkeys are Humanely Raised?
Our turkeys are raised humanely in a reduced stress environment. Our practices meet or exceed the industry standard as outlined by the National Turkey Federation. Our programs are audited by outside entities who are recognized as some of the top authorities in animal welfare. Our internal programs are robust and make sure that our animals are treated with the utmost respect and live a natural life. We thank you for choosing Plainville Farms to be a part of your family’s diet.
Where can I buy Plainville Farms Thanksgiving Turkeys?
You’ll find Plainville Farms Thanksgiving turkeys at the fine retailers listed below. Click their links to go to their home pages to and find locations or call us at 800-724-0206 for a store near you.