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Trader Joe's All Natural Brined Young Turkey 2015

All Natural Young Brined Turkey


Solution: Water, Salt, Sugar, Natural Turkey Broth Powder and Natural Flavorings.

Cooking Instructions

There are endless ways to cook a turkey, but our favorite recipes come from Ina Garten, Alton Brown, Julia Child and Martha Stewart.

Cooking Notes

However you prefer to cook your turkey, remember to remove the plastic hanger near the legs, and BOTH bags of giblets (one one each end of the turkey). The last thing you want to do is cook the bird with these paper or plastic items inside.

Nutrition Facts
Varied servings per container
Serving size 4 oz (112g)

Amount per serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 23g

Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 8mg 45%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Thanksgiving continues to be our favorite holiday – largely because it so often involves tables of food, and friends and family celebrating together.

And who doesn’t love a seemingly endless supply of turkey-based leftovers? (Soup, anyone?)

This year, our local Trader Joe’s was fully stocked with plenty of turkeys, and we were happy to see some smaller sized options compared to last year (pro tip: red wrapper = smaller bird, orange wrapper = larger bird).

Aside from the good value, there are a lot of things to like about TJ’s Turkeys:

2) They’re free range and handled humanely! That’s extremely important to us, and we avoid buying eggs or poultry that isn’t.

3) We like to brine our turkey for maximum flavor and juiciness, and these babies come pre-brined. It’s such a convenience and time saver.

The verdict? This year we tried a new cooking approach – we separated the dark and white meat before cooking (Julia Child’s method). The initial prep was a bit extended, but it made for easier carving post-cooking. In the end, we had a juicy and flavorful turkey (though we still prefer the rotisserie approach from last year).

To round out our “test” Thanksgiving, we paired our turkey with Trader Joe’s Turkey Gravy (excellent!) and Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Stuffing Mix (not excellent!), and even with a “smaller” bird (~14 pounds), we had plenty of leftovers. We’re definitely looking forward to sandwiches, soups, salads, etc. for the next few weeks!

1) They are all natural, and never fed animal by-products or treated with antibiotics or hormones.

Did you know the thin plastic package from this product is recyclable? You can’t recycle it with your plastic containers, but you can drop it off at most grocery & retail stores – including Trader Joe’s. Click to learn more about recycling plastic bags & wrapping.

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Summary : These plump turkeys come pre-brined, resulting in a very juicy and flavorful bird. No matter how you prefer to cook them, they're sure to be a delicious Thanksgiving treat!

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