If there is one time of year you need to consider the provenance of your food it’s got to be on Christmas Day. I mean really do you want an insipid, water filled tasteless turkey that has had a miserable life just to save a few quid this Christmas? or ever for that matter?) No? I didn’t think that would appeal to you much .. so how do you ensure you are getting a great bird? Well look for t a bronzed free range British turkey that has eaten good food and had time to mature - it’s often your local farm shop that will sell this kind of a bird.
If I am being honest about turkey it is not usually my choice of meat for Christmas day, but this year I was sent a turkey from Totally Traditional Turkeys to try out I was delighted with the results and I will definitely be having one of these simply because they taste amazing. The meat is tender and sweet and succulent, which I have to admit hasn’t always been the case when I’ve had turkey in the past.
Its not an accident that these birds are so delicious - it's down to a 12 point plan that Totally Traditional Turkeys have Quality Assurance Code guarantees that their turkeys are:
- Reared and produced with the greatest care by independent farmers, dedicated to producing the finest turkeys
- Grown slowly to full maturity
- Fed rations containing at least 70 per cent grain with no animal protein and never given additives for growth promotion
- Never given antibiotics except as prescribed by a vet
- Housed in buildings giving both natural light and ventilation while providing essential weather protection with space at or better than Animal Welfare Code recommendations. Free range stock have open daily access to grazing for at least 11 weeks
- Always handled with extreme care by experienced staff under the personal supervision of the farmer
- Regularly bedded with comfortable straw or soft wood shavings
- Grown on farms independently inspected to ensure that the code is met in full
- Slaughtered on the farm to avoid the stress of long distance transportation
- Always dry plucked and hung for at least seven days to mature and develop the natural flavours unique to this traditional type of production
- Processed in facilities inspected by the local Environmental Health officer or Meat Hygiene Service
- Individually inspected to qualify for the Totally Traditional Turkey guarantee
- They are supplied with a money-back guarantee in the unlikely event of consumer dissatisfactin
So I decided to check out their 12 point promise and I popped over to my local supplier Fosse Meadows Farm and spend an afternoon with farmers Nick and Jacob to see for myself. You can listen to the interview here.. and I have to tell you that they are happy turkeys and it was hilarious .. the children had a whale of a time running about with these gorgeous creatures!
Of course I couldn’t just cook the recipe and not share it.. so here I am cooking my Turkey which was stuffed with a Mango, sourdough and Bacon Stuffing .. and you can see for yourself how easy it is to cook!
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