Rose's Christmas Shop Watch: KellyBronze Turkey
Only the best will do
Christmas this year is more important to us than ever before. It has been the one ray of hope to keep us going throughout the November lockdown. The dream of a time when we can celebrate with our family (even if numbers are restricted). What we crave more than ever is a traditional Christmas with all the baubles and wreaths and garlands and stockings. And this year the meal where we come together will take centre stage. So, for this you need the best, the most succulent and the most flavoursome turkey. And that is the original bronze turkey – the KellyBronze – which is by far the best turkey around. In fact, it was Delia herself who helped to put the KellyBronze on the map. She visited the Kelly farm back in 1989 and was so impressed with the flavour of the birds that she featured them as the turkey of choice in her book Delia’s Christmas.
To appreciate why they are the best turkey you can buy, we need to look back at their history. The Kelly family first started producing and rearing turkeys back in 1971 and will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year. But in the early days all the rage was for white farmed mass-produced turkeys intensively bred for their look rather than their flavour. In the face of overwhelming supermarket competition, Derek Kelly hatched a plan with his son Paul to differentiate from these mass-produced birds by offering a turkey with real flavour. And the way to do that was to reintroduce and breed the original bronze turkey which originated in Mexico. A brave move. To further confound the odds, he decided to breed them free range, so that the turkeys were left to roam wild and free as nature intended. As opposed to the intensive commercial production, Kellys embrace one of the slowest farming methods in the world, allowing 7 months from the hatching of the eggs in spring to the maturity of the final bird. And the more mature the bird the better the flavour. The birds are then hand plucked and hung and dry aged like game to further enrich their flavour. This allows Kellys full control of the entire production.
Now we know we have to limit our meal to include just 3 households, you can calculate what size of turkey to order. Fortunately, there are many different shapes and sizes to choose from. If your lunch isn't as big as usual, you can choose one of the smaller whole birds or opt for a crown, a breast roast or an ingenious offering - the half turkey. All of them come with cooking and carving instructions, and the advantage of these birds is that they cook in half the time of a standard bird. You will even find a thermometer included to ensure you time it to perfection. You can still place your order right up to December 16th if you are unsure of how many you will be catering for.
But I wouldn’t worry if you have plenty leftover. Delia has lots of suggestions for a flan, curries and soups in Delia’s Christmas What’s Left. And look at the KellyBronze website for lots more interesting ideas like open ravioli; pappardelle with turkey ragu; a turkey and hummus flat bread; turkey and miso aubergine; turkey tacos; and a croque madame to take the place of a turkey sandwich. In fact, there are so many ways to use your turkey afterwards that you may wish to order a bigger size!
Go hot and cold turkey
Whole from 5kg bird £84.55
Crown from £64.97
Breast roast £24.98
Demi (half) £42.89
While stocks last
Last ordering date 16th December for delivery by courier 23rd December
Availability and price as of 25th November 2020