How Much Does a Turkey Cost Per Pound?
Turkey is used in many traditions and can come in many forms such as ground turkey meat, turkey sausage, turkey bacon, or even as turkey deli meat. The price of turkey will depend on the type, the weight, brand, and the store selling it.
How much does it cost?
- Most turkeys are priced by the pound, which is usually around $0.50 to $3 depending on the store, the time of the year and the brand. An average sized turkey sold at a store is usually around 10 pounds. Some stores may even have turkeys that weigh more than twenty pounds. So, with that average size, a 10-pound turkey will usually be within the $11 to $17 range.
- Fresh turkeys are going to cost around $1.50 to $2.50 per pound, while a frozen turkey will usually cost less than $1.75.
- According to a forum thread on the website, TheNest.com, people claimed that they paid around $4 per pound for an organic turkey and around $0.69 to $1 for a frozen turkey.
- BizJournals.com claims that the average 16-pound turkey will probably cost around $21.57.
- According to the Michigan Farm Bureau, the average turkey price in 2012 was $1.39 per pound nationally.
- If you want to purchase a turkey product such as ground turkey, sausage, or bacon, you can expect to pay $3 to $6 depending on the size of the package and brand.
- Turkey lunch meat can either come pre-packaged or you can purchase it freshly cut from the deli counter. Packaged lunch meat can cost from $2 to $6 while deli lunch meat will be priced from $5 to $9 per pound depending on the quality of the meat.
What is going to be included?
- A turkey is a large bird that is mostly found in Northern America.
- The bird can weigh anywhere from ten to twenty pounds.
- There is also a wild turkey, and this bird does not get cooked at all; rather, this bird lives in wooded areas and is not used in the farm life whatsoever.
- If you purchase turkey meat from the deli counter, you will first get to choose the specific turkey you want. This will then be sliced according to your desire of thickness. It will then be weighed and packaged in a resealable bag to keep it fresh.
- Pre-packaged turkey meat will come in an easy open and close package that needs to be refrigerated. Most turkey lunch meat will have some type of special flavor such as rotisserie or mesquite.
What are the extra costs?
- Some of the extra to think about are things like a pan to put the item in to cook it. A twenty-pound turkey will need to be put into a pan that can hold that much weight. Depending on the brand, these pans usually range from $20 to $50.
- Another thing to think about is stuffing, vegetables, and a thermometer. A bird is hard to enjoy without the help of these items.
- Organic turkeys will often cost close to $3 to $4 per pound.
- If using turkey lunch meat, most people also enjoy toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc.
Tips to know
- Stock up whenever turkeys are less than $1 per pound. If frozen, they can last up to a year.
- Purchasing a frozen turkey will require at least 24 hours of thawing time.
- Turkey lunch meat will last about a week from when it was cut from the deli or when the package was first opened.
- There are many people who eat turkey meat rather than eating chicken. If you compare the nutritional content, turkey has a lower number of calories and fewer grams of fat. However, chicken has almost twice the amount of protein as turkey does. You just need to decide what content is more important to you to choose which meat you want to eat.
How can I save money?
- Consider talking with a local turkey farm. Here, you can often find a turkey for less than $1 per pound.
- Turkey is going to be the cheapest during holidays, such as Thanksgiving. Aside from the holidays, keep your eyes peeled for special sales and promotions. For example, many grocery stores will have promotions where you have to spend a certain amount of money to get a lower turkey price.
- Some name brands, such as Butterball, often have coupons available.