Posted by: beyonddinner | November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving turkey

Normally at home we follow a vegan diet. We generally avoid animal based products for a variety of reasons – it’s healthier to make animal products a small part of your diet, America’s industrial meat production is horrifying, etc. etc. We aren’t super strict about animal products, especially outside of the house, but we do want to make the best choices we can within the budget we have. If we are going to buy meat, our preference is to find a sustainably raised and harvested option.

This year for Thanksgiving, for the first time in a very long time, we are cooking at our house. My mother-in-law, her husband and my parents will be joining our family of four. I’m a fan of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and I’m not a fan of turkey alternatives like Tofurkey, so there was no question about getting a real turkey. We went all out and found a sustainably raised turkey to buy this year at Stillman’s. I ordered it a couple of weeks ago and Pat went to pick it up today at the Jamaica Plain farmers market. It’s huge and 20 pounds. We’ll get a lot of meals out of this one bird. Good thing too – I’ve never paid so much for a hunk of meat in my life!

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