What Separates Heritage Chickens From the Rest of the Pack?

What Separates Heritage Chickens From the Rest of the Pack?

What really separates Heritage Breeds of chicken from the rest of the pack, and why is it so important to help preserve breed diversity? What is most remarkable about the chicken is that every one of the approximately 12 billion that populate the planet earth are all descended from the Red junglefowl (gallus gallus) of southern Asia. Of course, counting how many chickens exist is no easy task considering that chicken just surpassed beef as the most eaten meat in the United States. Chickens al...
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Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas!

Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas!

If you’re having a hard time getting your Christmas shopping list together, Heritage can help! We have gift packages that are perfect for every meat-eater on your list. Plus, gift notes are free! Best of all, many options are available for under $100! Heritage Bacon Lover's Sampler $169 This package comes with 8 different types of bacon, cured exclusively for Heritage Foods by America's most interesting artisans, using our Heritage breed pork! Steaks, Chops & Bacon $118  We have selected ...
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How to Spatchcock a Turkey

How to Spatchcock a Turkey

Spatchcocking a turkey is easy and takes less time to cook! We also love this method because it helps the whole turkey cook evenly, and leaves you with lots of crispy skin since the whole outer surface of the turkey is exposed to the oven! Tools you will need:Sharp, heavy duty kitchen shearsCutting Board Instructions:1. Pat your turkey dry before you begin. Place the turkey breast side down on your cutting board with the tail end of the turkey closer to you.2. Cut along both sides of the bac...
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Our Top 5 Holiday Centerpieces!

Our Top 5 Holiday Centerpieces!

Holiday season means big appetites! And nothing satisfies friends and family like a Heritage centerpiece — from supersized roasts to more modest but equally impressive Porchetta’s, we have it all. And the best thing is they are all super simple to prepare. Choose one for the big feast, and maybe keep another in the freezer as a stand-by — after all, the holidays are a season, not just one day! 1. Heritage Porchetta This oven-ready roast is a taste epiphany that only old-world techniques can c...
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Heritage Turkey’s on Bob’s Burgers?

Heritage Turkey’s on Bob’s Burgers?

We were as surprised as anyone to see a HERITAGE TURKEY in the most unlikely of places — in the starring role on a recent episode of the animated series Bob’s Burgers. Bob Belcher, the show’s protagonist and proprietor of the titular Bob’s Burgers, refers to his Heritage bird as “the Ferrari of turkeys.” We’ve been trying to push Heritage turkeys into the mainstream conversation about holiday meals since we started Heritage Foods in 2001 —It’s a good thing we all like cartoons or we might ha...
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What Size Centerpieces Should I Buy?

What Size Centerpieces Should I Buy?

Pick Your Centerpiece Weight Based on the Number of Guests You are Having (Plus leftovers, of course!) Holiday celebrations can be stressful – but choosing the delicious meat you are planning to serve doesn’t have to be. Heritage roasts, hams, and other centerpieces are easy to prepare, and come in sizes friendly to big crowds or intimate dinners. Here’s an easy guide to help you pick what’s best for you. For centerpieces and bone-in roasts, estimate about a pound to pound-and-a-half per per...
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Natalie Portman speaks about Eating Animals on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Natalie Portman speaks about Eating Animals on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

If you're interested in what makes our Heritage turkeys so special, you should watch Natalie Portman on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promoting the documentary “Eating Animals” featuring our poultry farmer Frank Reese Jr.  The movie unveils the horrifying truth behind factory farming and the food system that many are so disconnected from and focuses on sustainable and ethical meat choices. But instead of stopping meat consumption totally, the movie features farmers who are raising anima...
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A Closer Look: The Heritage Turkey Project

A Closer Look: The Heritage Turkey Project

Heritage Foods is proud to process over 10,000 heritage breed pigs a year, hundreds of lamb and goat, and even a few whole head of beef — all nose to tail, ensuring that every part of the animal is used. Through sales and commerce we are ensuring the preservation of rare breeds, farmland and independent farmers.  But year after year it is the Heritage Turkey Project that remains our most important intervention into the American food supply. For one, Frank Reese and his turkeys truly are one o...
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Frank Reese: Heritage Radio Hall of Fame

Frank Reese: Heritage Radio Hall of Fame

Nominated by The Main Course O.G., Frank is a living legend and the best advocate for Heritage Breed Poultry! Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch is considered the godfather of American poultry. He is a fourth generation poultry farmer from Lindsborg, Kansas. For nearly all his life, Frank has maintained a keen interest in American heritage turkeys. The New York Times’ Kim Severson writes of Frank: “Only someone with a trained eye can pick the best toms and hens to breed, and Mr. Rees...
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Top Five Tips for a Perfectly Browned Heritage Turkey

Top Five Tips for a Perfectly Browned Heritage Turkey

Cooking the perfect Heritage turkey is as easy as turning on your oven — our secret ingredient is the ingredient! All of our turkeys are pasture-raised, purebred, and perfectly delicious. All you need to add is a little bit of love. Here are five tips for cooking a bird that will have everyone asking for seconds (and sandwiches the next day)! 1. Remove the turkey from the packaging 24 hours before cooking, rinse, pat dry, and keep in the fridge to let the skin dry out to guarantee crispiness....
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Top Five Reasons to Serve A Heritage Turkey this Thanksgiving

Top Five Reasons to Serve A Heritage Turkey this Thanksgiving

Heritage birds are the true taste of America’s favorite holiday — with genetic lines that go back way before the advent of industrial farming, they deliver the full impact of purebred turkey, raised to impeccable standards. They are juicy and bold, and recall a time when traditional farming ruled our nation. They simply cannot be beat.The best reason to serve a heritage turkey at your Thanksgiving, of course, is because it tastes delicious! Once you have enjoyed a Heritage Turkey, it is impos...
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Our Top Five Cooking Tips for the Best Heritage Turkey

Our Top Five Cooking Tips for the Best Heritage Turkey

Some folks might be intimidated by cooking their first (or 15th!) Heritage Turkey. It can feel like a lot of pressure to get it right! You've already made the best choice by purchasing a heritage turkey, but we have some awesome tips to help make your Thanksgiving a total success! If you have any questions or need help, email us at info@HeritageFoodsUSA.com or give us a call at (718) 389-0985. We are here for you! Now, for our TOP 5 TIPS! For the crispiest skin, you want it to be as dry as p...
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