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Pastured Turkey

Pastured Turkey


True Pasture-Raised Turkey FAQ

Q: What type of turkey is this?
A: The breed is known as broad-breasted white turkey. Raised on Certified Organic pastures.

Q: What makes this turkey special?
A: The turkeys at Gunthorp Farms have unfettered access to forage in organic pastures. Many farms claim to be free-range while actually restricting access to pastures.

Q: Does my turkey come with giblets and neck?
A: Yes indeed! Gunthorp turkeys always include giblets (heart, liver, neck) inside the cavity.

Q: What if I don't know where I'll be for the holidays?
A: No worries, you'll still have time to change the address and person receiving the turkey after you place your order but before your order ships. We'll pack it with plenty of dry ice and, as always, no signature will be required.

Q: How Much Turkey Do You Need?
A: The rule of thumb is about 1.5 pounds of turkey per person, to provide plenty for the dinner itself and leftovers.

For the turkeys we have available, here are some conservative guidelines:

Medium: serves 8 people
Large: serves 10 people
X-Large: serves 12 people
We love leftovers, but if you don't you can dial this down a bit. For parties larger than 14 you'll probably want more than one of these turkeys.

Defrosting a Turkey

Your turkey will arrive frozen, with enough time to fully thaw before the holidays. Here's how to defrost your turkey worry-free.

  • Leave the turkey in its original, unopened plastic.
  • Put the turkey, breast side up, in a tray or pan to catch any drippings.
  • Place the frozen turkey in the fridge. Make sure the fridge is set to 40°F or lower.
  • Allow around 6-7 hours per pound for thawing.

Here are approximate times to defrost in the fridge for the turkeys, according to the USDA:

  • Medium (12-15 pounds): 3-4 days
  • Large (15-18 pounds): 4-5 days
  • X-Large (18-20 pounds): 5-6 days

We have found it helpful to check on your turkey at least 24-36 hours ahead of time to ensure it defrosts at the right pace. If the turkey is still solid on the outside, take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for up to 6 hours before cooking. While it rests, you should check it hourly to confirm that your turkey is cool to the touch but not frozen.

Once thawed, your turkey can stay in the fridge for another 1-2 days before cooking.

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Gunthorp Farms

LaGrange, IN
No unnecessary antibiotics
Turkey • Pasture-raised
LaGrange, IN
No unnecessary antibiotics • Hormone-free
Every year, Greg and Lei Gunthorp raise broad-breasted white turkeys on pasture at their family farm in northern Indiana. The flock (or, more accurately, the "rafter") is raised entirely without the use of hormones or antibiotics, roaming free on Certified Organic pasture to forage for grasses and bugs.

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