Turkey Diving: Kimberley Woodhouse

After much interest in a post where I mentioned turkey diving and started a trend almost a decade ago (well, at least with my readers!), I’ve decided to share the original post about how it got started. So here you have it…Turkey Diving.

Our Safeway does this great thing before Thanksgiving and Christmas where turkeys go on sale (this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone). Anyway, the store will stock the really nice, brand-name turkeys for a deal—like up to a fourteen-pounder for a few bucks and then over a fourteen-pounder for a couple bucks more. The key is getting the most turkey poundage for your buck, right? Everyone with me so far?

Okay…so the only way to really do this is to DIG through all of the turkeys in the freezer bins. Most people don’t go to the trouble of really searching. They see the sign and think, Ooh turkeys are on sale and grab one. How do I know this? Many years of observation, that’s how!


Let me tell you, those people disappoint me. Where’s the fun in that?

Now, I’m sure there’s a few of you wondering what could be fun about shopping for a turkey. Especially in the madhouse-supermarkets-of-today at holiday time. Just stick with me for a minute.

This is what I do:

Go to the store with several friends (it’s even more fun if they have a child or two with them…you’ll understand in a minute). Head to those turkey freezers and have everyone stake out territory. Then, you dig.

But wait! There are rules:

  1.  You MUST look at every turkey in the freezer – Yes, I said EVERY turkey.
  2. If you are too short to reach all the way in, you must yell, “I’m goin’ in!” Which in turn will signal one of your faithful friends to come help you by holding your legs so that you can “dive” in. Another option is to throw a small child in to help you look (not literally – you don’t really think I would do that, do you?) Actually, you can hold the child’s legs while they reach for that last one in the corner that no-one else can get to, but you just KNOW that’s it’s the biggest one in the freezer!
  3. The other important rule to remember is to sing! Yes, you heard me. Sing. My personal favorite is “I love you a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck…” This is great fun while turkey diving. (And is also useful in scaring off other customers so you have the whole freezer to yourself for a while.)

So, you have the turkey diving story. I’m going to have to trademark it now, since everyone will know what I’m talking about.

This holiday season, I’ll be watching for all you newbie “turkey divers.” Just don’t come to MY Safeway—I already have it staked out.

What does your family eat for Christmas dinner?

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