We’ve written about turkeys sold at Costco for Thanksgiving, but what about the rest of the year? Some of us want that white meat during the other eleven months! Well, Costco members are in luck; the superstore sells Kirkland Signature Turkey Breast.
But the million-dollar question is, is the Costco turkey breast any good? How do you cook it, and besides the typical Thanksgiving side dishes, what can you make with it?
We’ve got all those answers and more in this Costco Turkey breast review.
Does Costco Sell Turkey Breast?
While the superstore sells several varieties at different price points in November, you can find the Kirkland Signature Turkey Breast any month of the year.
It varies in size but averages about three pounds and costs $4.59 per lb. We paid $13.45 for a little less than three pounds. This amount was enough to provide two dinners for our family of four.
If you have a family of four or fewer, I recommend you cut it in half and freeze it. Cut in thirds if there are just one or two people to feed. No matter how you slice it, you will likely have leftovers.
Is Costco Turkey Breast Good? An Honest Review
Yes! If properly heated, Kirkland Signature Turkey Breast is excellent. It’s versatile and easy to prepare.
It’s fully cooked, but if you want to serve it warm, it’s best to follow the instructions on the package. We’ve tried heating it in the microwave, and the taste is not as good.
Since turkey is lean, it can dry out quickly. Check the meat before the cooking time is over. It needs to reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees.
As for taste, it contains salt, which is noticeable but not overpowering. As someone sensitive to sodium, it did not affect me. It has more moisture than a fully cooked whole turkey.
We recommend buying one (or two) Costco Turkey Breasts during your next trip.
If you wish to serve it as a cold cut, it works well if you have a meat slicer. If not, slice with the grain (there are markings on the back of the package for reference).
It’s great for a weeknight dinner if you use it in a cobb salad or lightly heated for open-faced turkey sandwiches. We like this product!
How To Prepare Costco Turkey Breast
Kirkland Signature Turkey Breast is fully cooked. The packaging suggests you slice the product long ways for hot entrees and short way for cold entrees. It’s marked with arrows on the back.
The shorter pieces are great to cube and add to salads or pasta dishes. The longer pieces have more of a rich turkey taste and texture that’s great on its own or for sandwiches.
You can serve it cold or hot. If you wish to serve warm, here’s how.
How To Cook Costco Turkey Breast In Crockpot
If you are heading out for the day or need the oven space, cook the Costco turkey breast in the crockpot.
Remove the product from the bag, place the breast in the crock, add ½ cup of water and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
How To Costco Costco Turkey Breast In The Air Fryer
It’s easy to heat Costco Turkey Breast in the air fryer. Cook at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. Ensure your turkey breast fits in the basket before starting to cook. A 4-pound breast fits pretty well in a 5-quart air fryer.
How To Cook Costco Turkey Breast In The Oven
Remove the product from the bag and place it in a shallow pan with ½ cup water. Cover with aluminum foil and cook in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately one hour or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.
Costco Turkey Breast FAQ
How Long Does Costco Turkey Last In The Fridge?
Kirkland Signature Turkey breast is preserved, allowing it to last longer than fresh turkey. After cooking, it can stay in the fridge for three to four days. Untouched from the package, it will last for several months.
This timeframe is only a guide, so follow your senses. If the meat doesn’t look, smell, or taste good, it’s best to toss it.
Since it’s vacuum-sealed, it’s easy to freeze. I like to portion it before freezing. For a family of four, I cut it in half. Frozen turkey breast can easily last a year if properly stored.
Does Costco Have Frozen Turkey Breast
No. Costco sells fresh turkeys in November and Kirland Signature Turkey breast throughout the year.
The store does not sell frozen turkey breast.
Frozen turkey breast is not the same as the Kirkland variety. Costco’s version is fully cooked and contains turkey broth, 2% or less sea salt, and sugar. A frozen turkey breast contains a brine of salt to preserve the turkey but no other ingredients.
You can freeze the Costco Turkey Breast. We recommend you cut the turkey into two or three portions and vacuum seal it before freezing. Frozen Costco turkey breast will last for several months up to a year or more.
Is Kirkland Turkey Breast Healthy?
Kirkland Signature Turkey Breast is low in calories and fat and high in protein. One 2-ounce serving contains 290mg of sedum and 25 mg of cholesterol.
Ingredients include turkey breast, turkey broth, and 2% or less sea salt and sugar.
Here’s the complete Nutritional Information.
Is Costco Turkey Breast Raw?
No Kirkland Signature turkey breast is fully cooked. You can serve it directly from the package or heat and serve.
We have never seen raw or uncooked turkey breast at Costco. The superstore does sell uncooked whole turkeys before Thanksgiving in November.
Is Kirkland Turkey Breast Processed?
Yes – Kirkland Turkey Breast is processed. It contains turkey broth and a solution of less than 2% sea salt and sugar.
If you look at the label of even ‘oven-roasted’ sliced turkey, you’re likely to see ingredients such as salt, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate, or potassium chloride. These are used to salt meats—meaning the turkey is processed.
Costco Turkey Breast Recipes
This Cobb Salad from Delish is a great way to use Kirkland Signature turkey breast. Plus, since it’s already cooked, the prep and cooking time is cut down. We prefer blue cheese dressing to the vinaigrette suggested. Be sure to cut the meat the shorter way for more tender pieces of turkey.
This turkey is an excellent alternative to traditional cold cuts. You want to try to slice the meat as thin as possible; a meat slicer is ideal. For dinner, top your favorite thick bread with warm turkey and gravy for an open-faced sandwich.
Who says you can only serve turkey during November? Warm the turkey breast, and serve with mashed potatoes or your other favorite thanksgiving sides for a meal you will be grateful to eat any time of year.
Chop the turkey into chunks and add to omelets with your favorite cheese. It’s a great way to use any leftovers.
Hash is typically a breakfast meal, but it’s a great dinner, too! Dice the turkey and add potatoes and onions (if desired) to a skillet. Pre-cut frozen potatoes cut prep time in half. For added protein, top with some poached eggs, and don’t forget your favorite hot sauce.
Costco turkey is an easy swap for chicken in any soup recipe. We prefer the taste and texture of the meat sliced long ways. Since the meat is precooked, there’s no need for a long cooking time; simply add it at the end to warm it.
Mix chopped turkey, mayonnaise, and dried cranberries for a delicious turkey salad. It’s excellent on hearty grain bread or in a wrap. However you serve, it makes for a terrific lunch that comes together in a snap.
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