The Real Cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner

By Ben Steverman and Yvette Romero - 2012-11-19T22:20:01Z

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The Turkey

Americans consume 675 million pounds of turkey meat -- about 45 million turkeys -- along with stuffing, cranberries, side dishes, pies and wine every year. "The flavor is crossbred out of the turkey these days," says Colicchio. "Go to a butcher, not a supermarket, and buy a Heritage bird." Heritage turkeys are specific breeds that have a longer life span and grow at a slower rate than do turkeys bred for industrial agriculture.

$77: Turkey, 22 pounds, serves 12-15 people, Seven Acres Farm in North Reading, Mass.

Running Tally: $77