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At my local supermarket today


Reindeer. Not pictured: a sheep, a barn owl, a donkey, a pygmy goat and some kind of tiny, weird African cow. It was weirdly Christmassy.

And yes, it was pandemonium. Though this is an independent supermarket, not a huge chain, so it wasn’t like the seventh circle of hell.

This particular market can be super expensive on some things. They had a turkey there for £80 (that’s about $120).

We got ours from a local butcher and paid £42 (about $63) for a ten-pound turkey. Though you can get them cheaper from Aldi, or frozen, or a turkey roll.

What’s the Christmas turkey up to in the States?


Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: December 23, 2017, 7:29 pm

$.49/lb, frozen, last month Thanksgiving.

$1.99/lb for Butterball today, AFAICT.

Comment from Fritzworth
Time: December 23, 2017, 8:26 pm

Pretty much what Jeff said. Our local grocery store —
Smith’s — doesn’t have turkey on this week’s flyer ad (except for a boneless frozen turkey breast), but I know there’s plenty of turkeys there and at Sam’s Club. The Smith’s ad might give you a bit of nostalgia….


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 23, 2017, 10:08 pm

On Monday, I bought a 17# turkey, store brand (Publix) for just under $1.00/lb.

We’ve had Publix turkeys many times over the years and they’ve always been quite good, but that’s mostly because my sister does the cooking. Not only does she do a great job on the bird, she is a World Class Gravy Maestra.

Comment from p2
Time: December 23, 2017, 10:57 pm

they’re claiming $1.49/lb at the major store in Squarebanks…. they’re also claiming it’s fresh…. i truly doubt that. it’s 3 days by ocean barge from Seattle, then 2 more by truck from Seward to here….. that alone sez iceball to me

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 24, 2017, 1:13 am

Turkey. They’re busy protesting Jerusalem.

Nice song, not sure why the UN voted against it.

Will I have another glass of punch? I will!

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 24, 2017, 1:41 am

Here in the Colorado mountains, unless you know someone who raises them, you pretty much are not going to find a fresh turkey. Frozen is running maybe $0.69 a lb.

However, we tend to reserve turkey for Thanksgiving. Our own family tradition is to have prime rib and cioppino for Christmas dinner. This is beef country, so the roast [on seasonal sale] only ran about $36. Getting seafood is harder here and it cost $70-80 for the cioppino ingredients. That feeds 5 adults past the point of gluttony. The holiday meal, regardless of which tradition, is always expensive. Come Chinese New Year, we go through it again.

Comment from Nina
Time: December 24, 2017, 3:50 am

I just ate turkey, but I have no idea how much I paid for it here in eastern WA. Probably less than I would have paid at home.

But it was delicious. Tomorrow we’re having tamale filling (chili colorado), but not tamales. Daughter doesn’t have a tamale pot to steam them in, unfortunately. So we’ll make do with torts.

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!

Comment from BJM
Time: December 24, 2017, 4:58 am

We get our turkeys from a family ranch in the Sierra Foothills…excellent turkeys and nice folks. As I recall I paid about $60 for a 15 lb bird for Thanksgiving (just we two this year). If you live in NoCal your supermarket or butcher can order a Diestel turkey.

Comment from Niña
Time: December 24, 2017, 5:13 am

Yes, I do live in NorCal, as a matter of fact, now that you mention it. 😜

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 24, 2017, 6:32 am

Comment from Nina
Time: December 24, 2017, 3:50 am

One of the daughters wanted a tamale pot for Christmas [when we make tamales we use our bamboo steamers or if we are doing a lot, our large aluminum restaurant cha shu pao steamers.] I did not know what a tamale steamer was. However, a certain large box store chain had them online for a very reasonable price. For future reference, you and/or your daughter might want to look about. We prefer Chile Verde but there is no disputing tastes. We do expect the minor investment in the pot to be repaid in tamales over the years.

Comment from Drew458
Time: December 24, 2017, 4:00 pm

Who pays for turkey? We get ours free, twice a year. Spend an average amount at the grocery store from mid-October to mid-November, they give you a 20lb bird for Thanksgiving. Or a 12lb ham, or a 5lb canned ham, or a family size frozen lasagna, etc. Same thing goes for Christmas. We’re not big turkey roasting people, so 1 a year is enough, and a nice ham for the other holiday. Free.

PS – a 10lb bird qualifies as a big chicken in the USA. I’ve never seen a turkey that small ever.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 24, 2017, 5:44 pm

I’m taking it easy today, thank you! Or is that not what you meant by your question:

What’s the Christmas turkey up to in the States?

Comment from iamfelix
Time: December 24, 2017, 6:30 pm

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Stoaty and Uncle Badger! I hope your 2018 is wonderful. Mine should be if Prez DJT stays the course. 😉

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 24, 2017, 9:38 pm

Felix! Great to see you 🙂 Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you and all the fellow minions who serve with me at the Court of Her Stoatliness. Ho Ho Ho!

Comment from Mitchell
Time: December 25, 2017, 1:43 am

We don’t do turkey again – our tradition is a spiced ham with none of that nasty honey or other sweet glazing. I can’t abide a sweet ham. I didn’t buy it this year so I have no idea what it cost. Probably not much.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 25, 2017, 3:54 am

Our turkey will be served by the vegan girlfriend of #1 son tomorrow. This should be interesting, no?

Merry Christmas y’all!

Comment from Niña
Time: December 25, 2017, 8:10 am

It’s monday in this time zone, so Merry Christmas, everyone!

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