Low Carb Friends  
Netrition.com - Tools - Recipes - Home

Go Back   Low Carb Friends > Eating and Exercise Plans > Weight Loss Plans > JUDDD
FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Forum Jump
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-12-2012, 07:41 AM   #1
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
leonak's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 3,536
Gallery: leonak
Stats: Goal Met July, 2015 - 112!!!!
Butterball Turkey better then Store Brand ?

Is it worth the extra $$$ to get a Butterball Turkey?
leonak is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old 11-12-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
Major LCF Poster!
calichris's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,290
Gallery: calichris
Stats: 273.7/204/147 or size 8/10
WOE: 4/3 moderate carb
Start Date: 11/3/14; JUDDD 7/11/12
I used to get premium fresh turkeys, thinking they would be better. But I've never had anything come out better than a Butterball. I've probably done 20 Thanksgivings.
calichris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
ravenrose's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: California
Posts: 3,566
Gallery: ravenrose
Stats: lost 130 lb so far, and miles to go before I sleep
WOE: low carb controlled calorie
Start Date: June, 2009
if you get the premium fresh turkeys you can do the brining all the foodie sites are so big on. don't do that with a commercial turkey, because they are already injected with a salty (and sometimes sweet) liquid.

the most important thing is to get the internal temperature right. you really need a good thermometer. of course it's almost impossible to get all the parts of the turkey cooked ideally at the same time. by the time the joints around the legs and places like that are done, the breast tends to be overcooked and thus dry. dryness in meat has everything to do with getting to too high a temp where the protein fibers contract and exude their moisture. think of it like the turkey having an Atkins water weight whoosh which is bad bad bad! LOL

The best thing is just to buy the breast and other parts you want separately (or cut it yourself if you know what you are doing) and roast each to perfection. I know you probably won't do it, but that results in the best turkey! Plus, you get only the parts people like. We will eat breast and thigh and avoid the wings and drumsticks since no one around here really likes those things anyway.
Often I don't come back to read threads where I've posted. If you want me to see something, please send me a private message. Thanks!

Last edited by ravenrose; 11-12-2012 at 09:04 AM..
ravenrose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
Major LCF Poster!
b_lou_who's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: heaviest 200.4
Posts: 1,278
Gallery: b_lou_who
Stats: 46yo 5'7" 148
WOE: organic IF
Start Date: 1997
if you aren't buying heirloom breeds and brining or shooting wild turkey--
my opinion is that all the store brands are about the same. the farms are the same.
get what is reasonably priced.
follow a really good recipe (Cooks Illustrated does a good one)
take out the stupid pop up timer, remove all the gunk, and you can pre-butcher (look for Jacques Pepin's tutorial if you can find it).
Find someone to love today, especially yourself.
Eat well and be well! Use your local farmacy! Do more YOGA!
b_lou_who is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 08:01 AM   #5
Dottie's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: S.E. Texas Gulf Coast
Posts: 12,965
Gallery: Dottie
WOE: ADF mostly Paleo
I've had hit-or-miss with other brands. Butterball and Honeysuckle White are pretty consistent.
I've had good Jennie-O ones and others from that brand that are so salty they're inedible.
https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx <--FDA tracking tools
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ <--FDA nutritional counts

http://www.onlineconversion.com/ <-- cooking and other conversions

Need to contact LCF?

Everyone has an opinion. Take what you need and leave the rest.

Be sure to visit Netrition on Facebook for the latest products and deals!

The past is beyond your control. The future starts right now, this moment: take control!
Dottie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
Major LCF Poster!
jem51's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Chico, CA
Posts: 2,562
Gallery: jem51
Stats: oh so happy at 120
WOE: Mine, all mine
Start Date: controlled carb '97-98
I cannot stand Butterball!! There is a huge amt of some type of mystery fat injected.
I saw one cut in half once and it grossed me out.

I prefer fresh but any is better than those greasy birds....even the ones w 'solution', which I don't buy.

One of the problems w cooking is that the thigh/leg are protected by the sides of the pan so they don't get the heat as soon as the breast.

You can cook the bird in a pan w low sides or use the upside method.
The slow cook method is great.

I have a fabulous recipe somewhere....will try to find the link.

Here it is; bellaonline. How to cook the perfect turkey (or something like that).

Last edited by jem51; 11-14-2012 at 08:44 AM..
jem51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #7
Way too much time on my hands!
KeirasMom's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 14,425
Gallery: KeirasMom
Stats: 277.6/156.8/155
WOE: Back to JUDDD 1/5/15
Since DH can't eat this Thanksgiving, and it's a DD for me, I'm actually considering a meatless turkey/stuffing from Trader Joe's. Am I weird or what?

JUDDD got me where I want to be!
KeirasMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #8
Gulf Coast Girl
Senior LCF Member
Gulf Coast Girl's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 136
Gallery: Gulf Coast Girl
Stats: Goal Feb '10. Lost 163 lbs.
Originally Posted by Dottie View Post
I've had hit-or-miss with other brands. Butterball and Honeysuckle White are pretty consistent.

Same here.

I'm weird though - I don't like fresh Turkey at all. Butterball always tastes the best to me followed by Honeysuckle White.
~ jennifer
Gulf Coast Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:11 AM   #9
Major LCF Poster!
cici52's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,822
Gallery: cici52
I just got a store brand (meijers) natural (nothing added) turkey. Cut it up (I live alone and am going elsewhere for Thanksgiving) like you would a chicken. Froze the drumsticks raw. Removed the breast from the bone and cooked it in a dry crockpot with the wings. Ate the wings immediately. Sliced the breast for easy grab from the freezer. It produced plenty of good juices which I added to the broth and was as moist as I ever had. Not as pretty as oven roasted though. Put the carcass in the stock pot and produced 6 quarts of broth. Cleaned the carcass of remaining meat and have nearly 4 cups for salad. All this from a 10 pound turkey which ended up costing me $11 after discount.

Last edited by cici52; 11-14-2012 at 10:13 AM..
cici52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:21 AM   #10
Senior LCF Member
monica1210's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 127
Gallery: monica1210
Stats: 168/148/135-140 5'6" Age 45
WOE: Nutritional Ketosis
Start Date: 1/2/2012 started NK 9/7/13
We brine our birds and deep fry those babies! YUM! I typically buy the store brand fresh bird.
monica1210 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #11
Major LCF Poster!
C'Marie's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,133
Gallery: C'Marie
Stats: 270/down 110-ish/ goal 147
WOE: hCG Rx shots/JUDDD maintain
Start Date: 1/4/2010 Now R9 P2
I cook mine upside down, the meaty thighs get done and the breast stays more juicy. I also use a rack pretty high up so it is roasting dryer. I don't stuff it in any way or put anything on it at all. I don't pay any attention to the pop-up thingy if it has one. I start off at 325 like it always says then lower the temp to 300 about half way through for the duration, I go by the pounds on the package and start checking 1/2 hour early. Just did a super cheap one that we had frozen because we are going out of town for Thanksgiving and it needed eating

Sure the breast has rack marks on it but I don't care!

HCG Rx to lose - JUDDD to maintain
C'Marie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 04:18 AM   #12
Very Gabby LCF Member!!!
adillenal's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,839
Gallery: adillenal
We just buy the store brand smoked turkey since we like them so well.
adi 5'7" 69 years old
181/155/145 LC MY WAY 3/15/03
155/144/140 LFL 5/05/04
181.0/168.0/145 07/25/11 The Rice Diet
180/132/139 JUDDD 01/01/2011
157/148/139 JUDDD 07/28/2014
169/161/139 JUDDD 08/01/2015
174/159/139 JUDDD 09/17/2017
adillenal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 06:51 AM   #13
Major LCF Poster!
DD80's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Desert Southwest
Posts: 1,265
Gallery: DD80
Stats: 188/165.0/145 5'10"
WOE: Organic GrassFed Gluten-Free 5/13 Dairy Free 2/14
Start Date: 1/10/12 Medi, 2/9/12 First UD, 1/1/13 New Plan
I spent more money ($1.49/lb) to get a turkey grown without antibiotics or hormones. That's important to me. How it tastes? Well, I've never had one, but I hope it's ok. My parents always swore by Butterball, and they were good, but the natural turkeys just sound better to me since I try to stay away from hormones in my meat.

I've learned to weave a meat blanket of bacon on top of the turkey (or chicken) when cooking. It helps keep the meat moist and adds delicious flavor. I buy nitrite free bacon at TJs.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may become necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." - Miss Piggy
DD80 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:48 PM.

Copyright ©1999-2017 Netrition, Inc. All rights reserved. - Terms of Service | Privacy Policy
LowCarbFriends® is a registered mark of Netrition, Inc.