All poultry is inspected for wholesomeness, but grading is voluntary.
The highest quality and, generally speaking, the only birds you’ll see at the supermarket. This is the Norman Rockwell turkey.
These are the turkey varieties that were common before the broad-breasted white took over the world. The Bourbon Red and the Narragansett are good examples. Heritage birds are shaped like natural birds rather than engineered breast bombs.
FREE RANGE OR FREE ROAMING
Birds must be given access to outdoors.
Turkeys less than eight months old. Although they’re not quite as flavorful as more senior birds, they are considerably more tender.
Larger than hens, but they taste the same.
Birds that have been injected with a cocktail of fat, broth, water, spices, etc. Technically these birds can be considered prebrined, but with what I ask you? And since they’re significantly heavier than noninjected birds, you are paying more to have someone else do what you can do better yourself.