BUDGET supermarket Lidl is selling a standard whole turkey for £3.89 a kilogram which makes it the cheapest supermarket Christmas bird.
With only six days to go until Christmas, Lidl has finally released details of their turkeys – and there are some clucking good deals.
The German supermarket is selling a whole fresh turkey for £3.89 per kilogram, which is 6p cheaper than a similar one from Aldi.
The cheapest birds from the Big Four supermarkets all start from around £4 per kilogram, making the one from Lidl the cheapest out there.
The Birchwood Farm whole fresh turkey comes in three sizes – small, medium and large – and weighs up to 7.5 kilograms.
That means a 4.5 kilogram bird that serves between six to seven people will set you back £17.50.
You can buy a cheaper standard turkey from Tesco for £10 – which is £7.50 less – but you get more meat on the one from Lidl, where the average Tesco bird weighs 3.5 kilograms compared to 4.5 kilograms.
Even though they are the most basic birds offered by the supermarket, it was the winner of the British Poultry Award 2017.
According to Lidl, the birds are dry plucked to give a dark colour and perfect crispy skin when cooked.
Then they’re hung for at least seven days to ensure perfectly tender meat.
If you’re looking to impress your guests with a posher bird this Christmas, Lidl is also selling a premium whole, fresh turkey for £5.99 per kilogram.
Unfortunately, the Deluxe Free Range Bronze Turkey only comes in medium and large sizes so they’re no good for people who are dishing up for less than seven to eight people – unless you love leftovers.
What’s cheaper – whole bird, crown, joint or breast?
NOT a fan of a whole turkey? No problem. You can get different cuts of meat to serve your tastes.
- A turkey crown is the whole bird that’s had the dark meat removed – so the legs and the wings – and you’re left with the white meat and no giblets. They’re typically a few pounds cheaper than a whole bird and are quicker to cook too.
- Turkey breast doesn’t take long to cook either but you’ll get significantly less meat which is a sorry state of affairs when it comes to the Boxing day leftover sandwiches.
- Turkey joints are a cheaper alternative too and can come on the bone or rolled up. They usually don’t need much preparation either.
You can buy one of the premium birds in it’s smallest size (4kg) for £23.96.
People who aren’t looking for a whole bird and would prefer a different cut of meat can also head to Lidl for their turkey crowns and joints.
Its Deluxe Free Range Bronze Turkey Breast Joint with Pork, Chestnut, Onion & Thyme Stuffing and Dry Cured Oak Smoked Bacon Lattice costs £29.99 for 2 kilograms – which is still a bit cheaper than similar ones offered by other supermarkets.
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We found that the Tesco Finest British Free-Range Bronze Turkey Parcel with Pork, Wild Mushroom & Roasted Chestnut Stuffing costs £23.26 per kilogram, which would set you back almost £47 for one that weighed the same as the Lidl one.
Lidl rival Aldi is also selling a fancy take on the turkey breast joint with their specially selected stuffed turkey parcel glazed with orange and prosecco but is more expensive at £6.42 per kilogram.
The Sun Online recently looked at how much the birds cost at the UK’s leading supermarkets – although Aldi and Lidl wouldn’t release their prices in time.
Now, we can safely say that you’ll get more bang for your buck with this Lidl Birchwood Farm turkey.
Of course, you may find cheaper turkeys from an independent or local butcher where they are more likely to be locally sourced.
You can check these prices on the directory findabutcher.co.uk.
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