Through autumn and the beginning of winter, more and more people start to think about Christmas. Where are we eating? Who are we eating with? And most importantly, what turkey are we eating? Many aren’t aware that there are two main types of turkey: bronze and white. But what is the difference? Here, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the difference in turkeys and which you should buy for your festive celebrations.

What is the difference between Bronze Turkeys and White Turkeys?

Different Breeds of Turkey

Bronze turkeys are more closely related to the wild turkeys found in native America in both appearance and taste, and we match their native growing environment as closely as possible so that they grow perfectly. They have an unusual colour which is often black and metallic in the sunlight giving them a bronze tone.

White turkeys have wider breasts and have only white feathers. They are typically reared in a barn, however, we raise all our turkeys’ completely free range.

A difference in turkey meat taste

Although both white and bronze turkeys have a delicious flavour, there are certain differences which cause families to prefer one over another.

White turkeys are succulent with a more subtle taste and are the go-to turkey for most. They’re also great for those who enjoy a healthy piece of breast meat whilst also providing generous thighs and wings to cater for those who prefer dark meat.

On the other hand, bronze turkeys are quickly becoming a household favourite with many enjoying their richer and gamier taste.

Choosing Bronze or White Turkey for Christmas

The breed of turkey you choose for Christmas or thanksgiving is completely dependent on your preference. White turkeys are great for catering to white and dark meat lovers as they are slightly more cost-effective. If the richer taste of the bronze turkey is calling your name, then you won’t be disappointed in the beautiful taste and texture. However, the difference in taste is more pronounced in brown meat, so if you’re only going to eat white meat, white turkey may be your best option.

We have a range of turkey that is sure to make you and your guests happy this festive period. From turkey crowns to full turkeys, we’ve got you covered!

How Much Free Range Turkey Do I Need?

On each of our product pages, you will find a serving guide for that piece of meat. But as a reference, here is our serving guide for a whole bronze turkey:

  • 4 – 6 people: 4.0 kg
  • 6 – 8 people: 5.0 kg
  • 8 -10 people : 6.0 kg
  • 10-12 people: 7.0 kg
  • 12-14 people: 8.0 kg
  • 14-16 people: 9.0 kg
  • 16-18 people: 10.0 kg
  • 18-20 people: 11.0 kg
  • 20-22 people: 12.0 kg

Turkeys are perfect for gatherings of 4+ people, if you’re gathering is 3 or less, why not try our turkey portions with a generous amount of turkey legs, thighs and drumsticks?

Ordering your free range turkey from John Howes Turkeys

We are a family business with a long history of providing succulent free range turkeys across the UK. If you need any help picking the perfect turkey for your Christmas dinner, simply get in touch with us today and a member of the team will be on hand to help you.

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