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Pitman Farms Heritage Turkey

shared by the Pitman Family

The Pitman family in Sanger, CA knows that the secret to preparing a perfectly moist and memorable holiday meal is keeping it simple and letting the turkey do the talking. 

1 heritage turkey
¼ cup of olive oil
3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced brown onion
2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
1 tbsp minced fresh thyme
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp butter
1½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • Remove the wire that holds the drumsticks together.
  • Marinate the turkey the day before cooking. In a bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, onion, rosemary, thyme, parsley, lemon zest & lemon juice. Place turkey on roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Rub the entire outside of turkey with marinade. (You can also rub the marinade under the turkey skin) Cover the turkey with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking. Preheat oven to 325 °F.
  • Place a thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh.
  • Melt butter and pour over the turkey. Season turkey with the pepper. 
  • Place the turkey in oven and cook until 150-155 °F at the thickest part of the thigh using a thermometer.
Weight in lbs8-1212-1414-1616-1818-2020-2525-30
325˚ Roasting Time in hours1½ to 2½2½ to 33 to 3¾3¾ to 44 to 4½4½ to 54½ to 6
  • Watch the turkey closely the last hour.  After 145 °F, the thermometer temperature will rise quickly. Heritage turkeys are done between 150-155 °F in the thigh.
  • Remove turkey from the oven, tent with foil and let rest 30 minutes before carving.
  • We do not recommend stuffing the heritage turkey as that will increase the cooking time and the danger of drying out the turkey. Cook the stuffing on the side in a separate pan.  The heritage turkey will be done before the stuffing will be fully cooked.


shared by Darcy Landis - Forager Arizona and Nevada

shared by Darcy Landis - Forager Arizona and Nevada