Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy Larkin Farms chicken and turkey products? 

Larkin Farms’ full line of products is available at our retail outlet in Crapaud, as well as at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market.  You can also  pre-order online for in-store or curbside pick-up at our Crapaud and Farmers Market locations, as well as our New Glasgow location (Harvey’s house).

You’ll find Larkin Farms turkey and chicken products at grocery retailers across PEI, including Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore, and many local stores, including The ADL Store (Summerside), Simply for Life (Summerside and Charlottetown), and the Kent Street Market. 

 

How do I order turkey and/or chicken livers, hearts, gizzards, or feet?

For these special poultry items, please email us at: orders@larkinbros.com and let us know what you want!

 

I'm interested in carrying your poultry products in my store or restaurant. How do I contact you?

Thank you so much for your interest in partnering with us, we would love to connect. Please give us a call at 902-658-2781. If you are a restaurateur, you can email our in-house chef at lincoln@larkinfarmspei.com . If you are a retailer, you can email us at orders@larkinfarmspei.com 

 

What sets your chicken and turkey products apart from the rest? 

We are fully committed to producing the highest-quality poultry products on our family farm. We follow best practices in every area of our farming operation and put the welfare of our birds first, because we care about them and we know you do too. We also have our own HACCP-certified processing plant, which allows us to ensure our turkeys and chickens receive the best care from start to finish. 

Learn more about our farming practices and our promise to our customers here.

 

How do I know when my chicken/turkey is cooked?

A meat thermometer is the easiest and most accurate way to determine when your chicken or turkey is ready to eat. It should be cooked until the internal temperature is no lower than 170°F (77°C).  Check the temperature in the inner part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.

 

What type of sausage casing do you use?

We use a collagen casing for all of our turkey and chicken sausages.

 

What’s the best way to cook your burgers and sausages?

When we created our Larkin Farms burger and sausage products, we knew that in addition to being healthy and delicious, they also had to be easy to prepare. That’s why we’ve crafted burgers and sausages that taste equally great cooked on the BBQ, indoor grill, or the stove-top.  Now you look forward to easy, healthy home-cooked meals that everyone will love all year-round.

 

How long can a frozen chicken/turkey last in the freezer? In the refrigerator?

Generally speaking, we recommend storing frozen whole chickens/turkeys in the freezer for a maximum of one year. Once defrosted, poultry can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

 

What’s the best way to defrost a frozen chicken/turkey?

Defrosting a whole chicken/turkey in the refrigerator is the best, safest, and easiest method, although it takes the most time.  A frozen chicken will take 1 to 2 days to defrost in the refrigerator, while a large turkey could take up to 4 or 5 days! As a general rule of thumb, it takes about 1 day for every 4lbs of turkey!

If you don’t have that kind of time to thaw your chicken/turkey, you can defrost it using the water bath method. With the bird still in its tightly sealed package, submerge it in a sink or bowl filled  with ice cold water. Every 30 minutes, drain the sink and replace with cold water. It should take about 30 minutes per pound to defrost. That’s still a full day of water bathing if you have a 16 pound turkey! Once defrosted, a chicken/turkey that’s been water bathed should be cooked right away.

 

How long should I cook my chicken/turkey and at what temperature?

It all depends on your chosen cooking method, whether you’re stuffing your bird,  and whether it’s fully defrosted when you put it in the oven.  The Turkey Farmers of Canada website is a great resource for new and seasoned turkey cooks. 

 

I’m planning a big turkey dinner, how large of a bird should I purchase?

There are plenty of things to consider when trying to figure out how much turkey meat to allot for each of your dinner guests. Kids are likely to eat less than grown men, for example. And if you’re preparing a big spread with all sorts of appetizers, sides, and desserts, you can probably get away with a little less meat per guest.

Now, all that being said, you know you’re going to want turkey leftovers as a reward for the time you spent preparing a feast. With that in mind, we recommend allotting 1 to 1.5 pounds of meat per person. So, if you are feeding 8 people, you’ll want a 16 to 20lb turkey.