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Preparing Your Fresh Turkey




We recommend a DLM Fresh Free-Range Turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Follow these instructions to preserve its naturally tender and juicy gourmet flavor, and you will be on your way to the best turkey you have ever tasted.

Pre-Roasting Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 325°F.
2) Remove turkey from plastic bag.
3) Remove giblets and neck from body and neck cavity.
4) Rinse turkey and pat dry.
5) Rub turkey liberally inside and out with salt and favorite  spices.
6) Brush with butter or olive oil if desired.
7) Unstuffed turkeys tend to be more moist, so the preferred method is to cook the dressing in a separate pan.

Roasting Instructions:

1) Place turkey in a roasting pan. Breast side up for best table presentation. Breast side down for juiciest white meat.
2) Roast until turkey’s internal temperature is 165°F (making sure that thermometer is not touching a bone).
3) Remove from oven, loosely tent with foil, and let rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
4) If using a cooking bag, please follow the cooking bag instructions and cook until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached.

Watch my tips for cooking the perfect turkey on YouTube:


Chef Carrie Walters
DLM Culinary Director



We’ve got your back (and sides!)




Sometimes, the stress is not in the preparation of the turkey, but in all the details. We have all the components of a classic holiday dinner and together we can create the Thanksgiving feast of your dreams!

Our Kitchens are really busy right now making real Mashed Potatoes made with cream and whole butter, Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing full of celery and onions, and let’s not forget the best selling Cranberry-Orange Walnut Relish! Our chefs slowly simmer Turkey Gravy (no lumps!), Roasted Root Vegetables, steamed Green Beans Amandine, and bake your favorite rolls. From the first bite of our DLM Homemade Dips to the last bite of pumpkin pie, your Thanksgiving celebration will the best tasting and most memorable dinner yet.

Check out our holiday menus next time you come in and forget stressing out this holiday season! Don’t be afraid to talk turkey with some of our knowledgeable associates. They can help you place a special order so you can leave your worries to us.

Sit back, give thanks, and enjoy your family—it’s the best part of life!


Chef Carrie Walters
DLM Culinary Director