Heritage Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Here!

Heritage Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Here!

Heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving 2020 are available for preorder here!  Supplies are limited, so order early to guarantee your bird.  Frank Reese, now in his 70s, is the last remaining breeder of certified Standardbred poultry in the United States. Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch turkeys can trace their genetics 180 years and are the oldest line of turkey in America. Fans of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch turkeys include Alice Waters, who says, "Amazing! I have always focused on sustainability and...
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A Brief History of Heritage Turkeys

A Brief History of Heritage Turkeys

The turkey existed both wild and domesticated in America at the time of its discovery in 1492. Many excavations in the Tennessee Valley contained turkey bones.  The evidence is clear that wild turkeys served as a source of food for Native Americans as early as 1000 A.D.  Turkeys were first brought to Spain from America in 1498. From Spain the turkeys spread over Europe, being introduced in to England between 1524 and 1541. The first domesticated turkeys to be grown in the United States came n...
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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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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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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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Frank Reese, American Hero

Frank Reese, American Hero

A turkey is no better than the farmer behind it. Long-time Heritage turkey customers know that we got our start selling Frank’s turkeys, raised traditionally and responsibly on his Good Shepherd Farm and our relationship with him remains the cornerstone of our business. Frank is a true hero of the Heritage food movement — he is the first and only sustainable commercial farmer to receive certification by the American Poultry Association for his birds as purebreds, standards that were set in 1...
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What is a Heritage Turkey?

What is a Heritage Turkey?

In 2014, Our very own Frank Reese was profiled in Modern Midwest as a farmer who “wants to change the way you think about your Thanksgiving Meal Centerpiece.” We still love this informative list that explains what you might be wondering....WHAT IS A HERITAGE TURKEY?• Long life outdoors: Heritage turkeys should be active and healthy: running, jumping, flying and exploring, all in the great outdoors. Farm factory raised birds are confined to buildings, and are too overweight to fly.• Naturally ...
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Preorder Your 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey raised by Frank Reese at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

Preorder Your 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey raised by Frank Reese at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

It is that time of year again! Our heritage turkeys from Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch raised by farmer Frank Reese are on the site for preorder for Thanksgiving. All of our turkeys ship out fresh for delivery on Tuesday, November 26th.Good Shepherd turkeys are the oldest line of turkey in America, 100% antibiotic free, and 100% pasture-raised on the Kansas prairie. This is by far the juiciest, most flavorful bird on the market today.“A turkey is no better than the farmer behind it. And the gen...
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