10 December 2020, The Tablet

Why should buy a big turkey this year

Why should buy a big turkey this year

The fear among turkey farmers this Christmas is that their bigger birds will lie in shops unsold. It is the year of the smaller turkey, serving a reduced household size. Or so it is predicted. Nine million or so turkeys are reared each year for the Christmas feast but according to a survey by Too Good To Go – the app designed to help fight food waste – only 17 per cent of British consumers will be buying the larger birds this year. By “large” is meant over 6kg, which would feed more than 10 people, or fewer for several days.

The 2020 turkey dilemma is understandable. The brief unlocking of social distancing and mixing this Christmas will allow the biggest gatherings most of us have enjoyed since March, but many will choose to keep their parties small. There has been much talk of “minimas” – how to feast when only a few? Some will roast a turkey crown, the breast attached to the bone; and some will be considering a duck or a game bird.

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