With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the crowning glory of your dinner table – the turkey. With so much on offer, from organic to free range and locally sourced, you needn’t get yourself into a flap about choosing the right one. Here are three quick tips to help you pick the perfect bird.
1. Look Out for the TSG Mark
When you order a Turkey from the Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association you can be sure of its recognised Traditional Speciality Guaranteed provenance. The TSG scheme highlights regional and traditional food whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. It also requires annual inspections to ensure that protected products from the Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association continue to comply with EU specifications. In other words, these perfect turkeys have the recognisable speciality stamp of approval.
2. Check the Turkey’s History
The Traditional Farmfresh Turkey association choose slower growing breeds and rear them to full maturity. They also ensure each turkey is uniquely dry plucked and hung like a game bird for at least seven days before being sold. To make sure you're getting this high level of standard, check for the Golden Turkey Quality Assurance label, which guarantees that the turkey that makes it to your table was reared by caring farmers and fed only natural foods.
3. Buy From a Reputable Dealer
TSG-marked birds from the Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association are the crème de la crème of turkeys and as such are only available at Christmas from independent butchers, farm shops, direct from the farms, Lidgate of London and Selfridges. Try to avoid supermarket turkeys if you’re after something a little more special this year.