Welcome to Don-O-Ray Farms: Your Source for Fresh Turkeys in Kelowna, BC!
At Don-O-Ray Farms, we believe that every holiday meal should be a memorable and delicious experience. That’s why we take great pride in offering you the finest, freshest turkeys in Kelowna, BC, and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion, our farm-fresh turkeys are the perfect centrepiece for your feast.
Why Choose Don-O-Ray Farms Turkeys?
1. Locally Raised with Care
2. Quality You Can Taste
3. Freshness Guaranteed
4. Sustainably and Ethically Raised
5. Variety of Sizes
Contact Don-O-Ray Farms
To Pre-order! (250) 575-7806
How To Order Fresh Turkey in Kelowna
A 12 to 18 lb (pound) turkey can generally serve a group of people depending on their appetites and whether you have additional main dishes or sides. As a general guideline:
• A 15 lb turkey can typically serve 8 to 10 people.
• An 18 lb turkey can typically serve 10 to 12 people.
Remember that it’s always better to have a little more turkey than you think you’ll need than to run out during your holiday meal. Turkey leftovers can be used in various dishes, such as sandwiches, soups, and casseroles, so having extra can be quite convenient.
How To Cook A Fresh Turkey
Ingredients and Equipment You’ll Need:
- Fresh turkey (size and weight according to your needs)
- Roasting pan with a rack
- Meat thermometer
- Kitchen twine
- Aluminum foil
- Basting brush
- Olive oil or melted butter
- Seasonings (salt, pepper, herbs, spices) for flavouring
1. Preparing the Turkey
a. Thawing (if applicable): If your fresh turkey has been stored in the refrigerator, it may not require thawing. However, if it’s partially frozen, make sure to thaw it completely in the refrigerator following the recommended guidelines for thawing time based on its weight.
b. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and position the rack in the lower third of the oven.
2. Seasoning the Turkey
a. Remove the turkey from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels. Make sure the cavity is empty.
b. Season the turkey inside and out with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. You can infuse flavour with herbs, spices, and even aromatics like garlic and onions.
c. For added flavour, consider rubbing the skin with olive oil or melted butter. This will help the skin crisp up and add rich, golden colour.
3. Truss the Turkey
Trussing involves tying the turkey’s legs and wings together to promote even cooking. Using kitchen twine, tie the legs together and secure the wings close to the body.
4. Preparing the Roasting Pan
Place the turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan. Elevating the turkey helps it cook evenly by allowing hot air to circulate around it. Add a cup or two of water, broth, or white wine to the bottom of the pan to keep the turkey moist and create flavorful drippings for gravy.
5. Roasting the Turkey
a. Tent the turkey loosely with aluminum foil to prevent the skin from browning too quickly. This also helps keep the turkey moist during the initial cooking phase.
b. Place the turkey in the preheated oven. Roast according to the turkey’s weight. As a general guideline, calculate approximately 15-20 minutes of cooking time per pound (0.45 kg). Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.
6. Monitoring the Temperature
a. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. The turkey is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). For extra safety, you can check the temperature in the thickest part of the breast as well; it should also read 165°F (74°C).
b. Remember to baste the turkey with its pan juices every 30 minutes or so to keep it moist and flavorful.
7. Resting and Carving
8. Carving the Turkey
Don-O Ray Farms Garden Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
1. Roasted Potatoes
2. Brussels Sprouts
3. Corn on the Cob
4. Green Beans
5. Cranberry Sauce
How long can the fresh turkey stay in the fridge before cooking?
1. Use by Date: Check the “use by” or “sell by” date on the turkey’s packaging. This date provides a good indication of when the turkey should be cooked. To ensure its freshness and safety, cook the turkey before this date.
2. Refrigerator Temperature: Ensure your refrigerator is set to maintain a temperature of 40°F (4°C) or lower. Refrigerators at this temperature range slow down the growth of bacteria, helping to keep the turkey fresh.
3. Freshness When Purchased: If the turkey was very fresh when you bought it (i.e., purchased close to the processing date), it may stay fresh longer. Always ask your supplier for information about the turkey’s freshness and handling instructions.
4. Storage Duration: In general, a fresh, uncooked turkey can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days beyond the “use by” or “sell by” date. It’s best to cook it as soon as possible for the best quality.
If you need to store the turkey longer before cooking, consider freezing it. A properly frozen turkey can be stored in the freezer for several months, allowing you to enjoy it later. To freeze a fresh turkey, place it in an airtight freezer bag or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Be sure to label it with the date of freezing for reference.
Always use your best judgment and follow food safety guidelines when handling and storing poultry. If there are doubts about the freshness or safety of the turkey, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not consume it.