Turkey for two!
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
I made my first turkey! Okay not a whole turkey but a turkey breast. Recently I was craving turkey and with there being only two of us I figured I would make a turkey breast. We both prefer white meat to dark anyways. I saw the Butterball Turkey Breast as I was perusing the frozen section at Costco and I thought I’d be adventurous and try it. Most people I know make a whole turkey and generally turkey is something consumed around the holidays but if you could make a more convenient turkey breast, would you eat more turkey?
The Butterball Turkey Breast from Costco can be found in the frozen section, the turkey breast comes wrapped in a bag inside a box and is frozen solid. I let it defrost in the fridge overnight and it was still slightly frozen the next day at about 4:30pm. To cook the breast, you run it under water for a minute, take it out of the bag, put it in your roaster and pop it in the oven. You turn it once halfway through cooking. The time it takes to cook depends on if you’re cooking it from frozen or thawed in the fridge. Three hours and 30 minutes if frozen, two hours and 15 minutes if thawed. Honestly cooking the breast was pretty simple. I did have to turn the breast over, check the temperature a few times, cook it longer and scrub my roasting pan to clean it. I never thought it would be so simple but this took minimal effort to cook. It is a bone-in turkey breast so it was slightly difficult to get all the meat off and cut it perfectly. If you’re a soup making person, you could definitely use this to make soup afterwards. This definitely scores points for convenience. Making the gravy and sides were more work than the turkey.
The breast cost $14.99 Canadian not on sale which is not bad considering you get quite a bit of meat for that cost. You’re also paying for the convenience factor. I would say this would easily feed a family of four. If you’re hosting more then four people there probably will not be enough turkey for everyone to eat as much as they want.
A 100g serving of turkey is 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 230 mg of sodium and 18 grams of protein. The Naturally Inspired turkey breast has been raised on a whole grain diet and without the use of any antibiotics. This isn’t as healthy or lean as a completely natural fresh turkey, the fat content and sodium is most likely from the canola oil and salt used to season the turkey.
The taste of the turkey was okay….definitely not my favorite. This may seem odd but I actually did not like how seasoned the turkey was and how oily it tasted. Although the turkey was extremely moist I found it TOO moist, I guess I like my turkey on the dry side if that makes sense. It also was too salty for my liking. Basically the natural turkey taste I love so much was disguised in canola oil and seasoning and the naturally inspired turkey breast didn’t taste all that natural to me at all. Eating this basically made my craving for homemade turkey much worse. I also got a few pieces that were a bit fatty tasting that I politely removed from my mouth. I could see people who like a lot of seasoning and prefer their meat to be really moist potentially enjoying this.
Overall I was really hoping this would curb my turkey craving until Christmas and make me extra jolly like Old Saint Nick but unfortunately this was a miss. I wouldn’t purchase this again but I could see it being beneficial if you’re in a time crunch or know that you like oil infused, seasoned, Butterball Turkey already.
Any secret tips you have to cook a turkey? What's your favorite turkey side? Gravy or no gravy?