I just took advantage of my local grocery store’s deals on whole turkeys. Now that the holiday season has come to an end and we’re 2 weeks into a new year, the big birds are on sale for $10 less than their original price. I was able to buy a 13 pounder for $18 and ended up with 9 lb of useable muscle meat, raw meaty bones, and organs.
I went back to the store 2 days later and bought 2 more birds I’m keeping in the freezer. At that point, they had dropped in price even more and I ended up paying $15 and some change for each additional 13 lb bird.
Talk about a great deal! In comparison, a 5 lb tube of pre-mixed, ground turkey from Bravo Pet Foods costs just shy of $18, translating into $3.60/lb. My grocery store turkeys on sale came down to $2/lb and $1.60/lb – keeping in mind that out of the 13 lb bird I was able to use 9 lb for the pups’ raw meals, and assuming the additional birds I bought would yield the same “harvest”.
9 Lbs Of Muscle Meat, RMBs, & Organs
Out of the 9 lbs that I was able to harvest:
3 lbs 8 oz were muscle meat (breasts/heart/gizzards).
5 lbs were RMBs (2 wings, 2 thighs, 1 neck).
3 oz were organs (liver).
Note that hearts & gizzards count towards muscle meat in raw feeding, and only secreting organs such as liver, kidneys, brains, spleen, thymus, pancreas, testicles, & ovaries fall into the organ category.
If you’re interested in learning more about organs in raw feeding, check out my blog post Putting My Dogs’ Raw Meals Together – Part 2: Organs.
What I Threw Out
I got rid of most of the skin because it’s simply too fat and could cause pancreatitis, and also threw out the carcass. I could theoretically have used the latter to make turkey bone broth, but I don’t have a pot that’s large enough to accommodate the carcass. I found a great turkey bone broth recipe using the carcass in Dogs Naturally Magazine. I’ll have to try it once I get a pot that’s tall enough to hold a turkey carcass.
It took me about 45 minutes to take the turkey apart, put the “harvest” into food storage containers, throw out the carcass/skin and clean my counters, knife, and cutting board with hot water & soap.
While I’m feeding Missy & Buzz the raw meaty bones whole, you could certainly grind the bones and/or the muscle meat and organ for your dogs should they be too small for these larger cuts of meat, have a tendency to gulp food whole, or have weak teeth. You’ll be able to find a decent meat grinder on Amazon for about 100 bucks.
In my opinion, it was time well invested since I saved $30 on the original price tags and won’t have to buy any pre-made raw turkey meals for several weeks.
Have you stocked up on whole turkeys that went on sale after the holidays? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!