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Where to Find a Halal Turkey

By November 14, 2012

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One of the most common questions I get this time of year is where to find halal turkeys. Halal turkeys are turkeys that have been slaughtered in a manner that abides by Islamic dietary law. They are no different than the turkeys you purchase in your supermarket, except for how they are slaughtered. Many people, including those who are not Muslim, agree that the way the turkeys are killed is more humane than how other turkeys are killed.

You can get them fresh from a halal butcher, but they are few and far between in the United States. However, many grocers like Giant Food, sell frozen and fresh halal turkeys in their chains in some area markets, like northern Virginia. Where else can you find a halal turkey?


November 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(1) Suzanne Gerard says:

How does Halal differ from Kosher?

November 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(2) jonathan says:

Well, I know in Detroit, there is a place that sells goat, lamb and veal they kill kosher and sells as halal. I know for my family’s thanksgiving we have to have kosher. So as an althernative if you can’t find a halal turkey you could buy kosher. There are lot of shops that sell kosher.

November 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(3) Zou says:

I am muslim, and I like to buy Kosher when possible, but sometimes for instance on ground meat they do some speacial processing that makes it tastless (maybe they wash the ground meat?) But I am sure a whole turkey or chicken wouldn’t have that issue. The only issue is the price! (Kosher chicken at whole foods costs 16 dollars)

November 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(4) Zou says:

To us Muslims, there is no difference. In my mother’s little town in the 1950s in Algeria, the same butcher (a jew) used to slaughter and sell meat to both jews and muslims.

But jews have more restrictions (special prayer, not mixing meat with milk products, etc.

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