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5 Alternatives to Frozen Turkey This Thanksgiving

As you plan your feast, consider these fresh, smoked, and humane alternatives to freezer-section fowl.
By Kelsey J. Vanderschoot |
Turkeys In A Field
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Deep Cuts Dallas Butcher Shop
Dark meat lovers can order 5- to 10-pound wild turkeys until November 17. The custom butcher shop also offers larger heritage and certified organic turkeys, all ethically raised. For smaller gatherings, you can opt for free-range goose, quail, or capon chicken for a more approachable poultry portion.
What it costs: Wild turkey, $13.99 per pound; heritage turkey, $12.99 per pound; certified organic turkey, $9.99 per pound; goose, $12.49 per pound; quail, $18.99 per pound; capon, $9.99 per pound.

Deep Cuts Dallas Butcher Shop
Wendy Wolff (right) and business partner, Nathan Abeyta, of Deep Cuts

Burgundy’s Local
Burgundy’s Local has pasture-raised birds ranging from 12 pounds to more than 20 while supplies last. Their birds, which are grown on a farm in Millsap, consume only clean, non-GMO feed and will be dressed out, chilled, and ready for pickup at the grass-fed meat market’s Dallas, Fort Worth, and Grandview locations.
What it costs: Pasture-raised turkey, $5.99 per pound.

Burgundy's Local
Jon Taggart, owner of Burgundy’s Local

Local Yocal Farm to Market
The McKinney market is accepting orders for uncooked or smoked organic turkeys and bone-in turkey breasts. Customers can choose California-raised birds between 12 and 16 pounds or 16 and 20 pounds while supplies last and elect to have their orders smoked until November 17.
What it costs: Uncooked organic turkey, $3.49 per pound; smoked turkey, $6.99 per pound.

American Butchers
If preparation perplexes you, take your chosen ethically raised turkey to the Dallas Farmers Market and the staff at American Butchers will smoke it for you. They don’t offer any fowl for sale, but they will be happy to prepare your bird until November 22.
What it costs: Smoking fee, $25.

American Butchers
Calvin and Desiree Wineland, of American Butchers, became butchers after retiring from the Army.

The Meat Shop
The Meat Shop’s Thanksgiving packages take meal planning off your plate. Choose an applewood-smoked Berkshire ham or a brined and smoked turkey seasoned with onion, garlic, and the butcher shop’s house rub. Order your main course meat only or supplement your protein with garlic mashed potatoes, chestnut cornbread stuffing, green beans almondine, and pie for a full holiday meal package. Order before November 23.
What it costs: Smoked turkey or ham, $99; full Thanksgiving meal, $185.