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The leaves are falling off the trees here in southeastern Michigan. That must mean one thing: it’s Thanksgiving season and its time to talk turkey. Welcome all to the 2016 edition of Costco Turkey Prices! This has become one of the most popular features on the blog each Thanksgiving. I am glad to provide you with the information again this year.
Before you head out to the story, make sure to download my Costco Thanksgiving Shopping Guide. It includes a list of what to buy along with my great recommendations.
As I did in my post last year, I have gone through my most frequently asked questions about Costco turkeys and provided the answers below. If you have any additional questions, feel free to pose them in comments section below.
What is the Cost of a turkey at Costco?
The prices for a whole turkey this year range from 99 cents a pound to $2.99 a pound.
Does Costco sell Butterball turkeys?
Yes they do. They are the cheapest option at 99 cents a pound.
Does Costco sell Fresh and/or Frozen turkeys?
For whole turkeys, Costco only has fresh turkeys. They do have frozen turkey breast. It is a Butterball Boneless Turkey Breast Roast that goes for $13.99 for 4.75 pounds of meat. That works out to $2.95 a pound. Do you prefer a fresh or frozen turkey?
Why Do the Fresh Turkeys Feel Hard?
You may notice that the fresh turkey fells really cold and hard. Does that mean it got frozen? If a fresh turkey still feels hard to the touch is that a turkey can be considered fresh even if it’s temperature is as low as 26 degrees. Turkey meat doesn’t freeze at the same temperature as water, so a 26 degree turkey is still not considered frozen.
Does Costco sell Organic turkeys?
Yes. Foster Farms organic fresh turkeys are $2.99 a pound. Click here to see what makes a turkey organic.
Does Costco sell Brined turkeys?
The Butterball fresh turkeys “Contains up to 4% of a solution of Water, Salt, and Spices to enhance tenderness and juiciness.” I am not really a big fan of that. I would rather brine it myself and not have to pay extra money for added water weight. I am sure their brine is not as flavorful as one I can make myself.
To tell you the truth I have brined turkeys that were enhanced with solution in the past. I didn’t find them to be too salty, but it’s possibly you might. If you buy one of those turkeys and often they end up being on the cheaper side, so many will, then you may want to watch the salt in your brine. Or you can do what I do and try Alton Brown’s Dry Brinded turkey. It’s a great way to add tons of flavor to the bird, yet still get that crisp skin.
Does Costco ship turkeys?
No. I looked on their website and did not see any turkeys. You could order a Turducken! I will stick to just one animal, thank you.
Can your order a turkey from Costco?
You should apply to order a pre-cooked turkey, but that is no fun. They have plenty of raw turkeys I don’t think you should have to reserve one. You can always call your local store if you are concerned.
Does Costco price match turkeys?
No. Costco doesn’t have a price match policy. Sorry. However, it will be hard to beat 99 cents a pound for a fresh turkey anyway, so a price match isn’t going to help you even if they did offer that.
Does Costco sell natural turkeys?
The term “natural” really has no meaning. There is no official government regulated meaning for that term, so anyone can use it. It only means whatever the producer wants it to mean. It has no use at all, so just ignore it. You are better off looking for terms that mean something like organic or pasture raised.
What Day/When Does Costco Carry Turkeys?
I went on Monday, November 14th. That is 10 days before Thanksgiving. I believe they must have come in stock a couple days before. Usually the weekend before the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Does Costco carry a turkey that is 14 pounds or less?
Yes. I found Butterball Fresh Turkeys that were between 12 to 13 pounds (“hen turkey”) and the Foster Organic turkeys that were between 10.75 to 12 pounds. Of course they have turkeys on the larger size as well. The larger Butterball turkeys were about 18 to 19 pounds (“tom turkey”) and the Foster were 20 to 22 pounds. There were not any options in the 13 to 18 pound range. I prefer a turkey that is 12 to 13 pounds. The larger ones take longer to cook and have a tendency to dry out for that reason. If you need more met meat do a turkey and a turkey breast or two small turkeys.
Does Costco sell heritage turkeys?
No. Just the options I mentioned. For a heritage breed you need to check with a local producer or some of the more upscale grocery stores like Whole Foods Market.
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Have you found any other types of turkeys at Costco this year? Share your experiences in the comment section below?