Halal Turkey - Just in time for Thanksgiving

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Pak Halal International Foods is ready to help you make your meals spectacular. Frozen Halal turkeys are in stock and available for pick up. All turkeys are certified Halal and range in size from 8 pounds all the way up to 24 pounds. The butcher shop is ready to help with any and all of your needs. Simply stop by and choose a turkey today or call to reserve a certain size for pick up. 

Halal Turkey Cooking Tips

There are many steps required for baking a tender, moist and flavorful turkey. Pak Halal turkeys are chosen to be the most tender variety. They are slaughtered and prepared with strict Halal guidelines. Certification documentation is always available. But once you’ve brought your turkey home, the thawing, brining and baking process can be complicated. Here are a few tips for cooking a tasty Halal turkey this holiday season. 

Select the right size: As a rule of thumb, choose a turkey that provides 1 - 1 ½ pounds per person. Add 2-3 pounds for bones, and you should have plenty of turkey for all. Some households cook an additional smaller bird to ensure plenty of leftover potential. 

Leave time for thawing: Calculating thawing times is essential. A half-frozen turkey on Thanksgiving morning is sure to ruin the meal. For every 5 pounds of turkey, plan to thaw for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Leave the original packaging on the bird and place it on a rimmed baking sheet for the proper amount of time. Do not thaw a turkey at room temperature; this can cause bacterial growth. 

Brine for a moist Halal turkey: Submerging your turkey in a brine mixture of water, salt, sugar, and spices can up the moisture level and guard against a dry turkey. Be sure to plan for brining and thawing times. We love this “My Favorite Turkey Brine” recipe from Ree Drummond and the Food Network if you don’t have a family recipe. 

Time to get baking: Plan for about 15 minutes per pound baking time for your Halal Turkey. Before placing it in a pre-warmed oven, tuck the wings under the body and truss together the legs with kitchen twine to ensure even cooking. Avoid the urge to stuff with dressing; this can increase cooking times, causing a dryer turkey. Rubbing the turkey skin with oil or butter can up the browning and crispiness of the skin, adding more flavor. And most importantly, resist the urge to peek or baste your turkey continuously. Let your oven do its job and bake at an even temperature throughout the entire cooking process. 

Pak Halal International Foods for the Holidays

Call (913) 599-0700 today to reserve the perfect size Halal turkey for your holiday celebration. Be sure to plan enough time for the thawing and brining process, so your bird is ready to cook the day you prefer. When you pick up your turkey, you can shop all the wonderful international foods available to supplement your meal. Located at 12259 W 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66215 and open 7 days a week, shopping is very convenient. Let Pak Halal help make your holiday special for all that come to your table. 

Choose Healthy Dinner Options over Fast Food

Life is busy. Many of us work long hours, commute back and forth to work daily and are exhausted by the end of the day. Some of us enjoy after work activities or shuttle around the kids to their many sports and events. For many, eating healthy often ends up at the bottom of the priority list. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to plan, prepare and serve a healthy dinner every day. Fast food companies are counting on that with their big signs and inexpensive prices, making a quick dinner easy to pick up But what does that mean for you and your family in the long run?

The problem with fast food

How are you affected by eating fast food multiple times a week? A quick burger and French fries at your local fast food chain may not be bad for your health occasionally but a fast food habit can be bad news. Many food items are fried. They usually come in a combo meal, adding a lot of extra calories and fat to your diet. A cool soda is loaded with sugar. Overall, the nutritional value of many fast food options is not healthy. At the end of the day when you have no plans for what to make for dinner, fast food can look pretty good, but not when it comes to your health and well-being. Here’s some good news…

Healthy Dinner Options from Pak Halal

Eating healthy takes effort. For so many of us, we just don’t have the time or energy at the end of the day to make a healthy dinner. What if there was a fresh alternative, a healthier option? What if you could swing by and pick up a pre-prepped, healthy meal that was affordable and delicious? Pak Halal, located in Lenexa, KS has a great alternative to the fast food run. With convenient drive up parking, stopping at Pak Halal on your way home is quick and easy. The in-house bakery offers fresh breads of all types including pita. In addition, Pak Halal has an in-house Halal Butcher Shop stocked full of chicken, lamb, beef, and goat all Halal certified. Better yet, the butcher shop has many pre-prepped options for those looking for a quick and healthy dinner alternative. Pre-seasoned meats are prepped with vegetables for kabobs that can go directly on the grill. Ground and seasoned packaged Kifta Kabob meat and beef and chicken Shawarma strips can be quickly cooked on the grill or stovetop. All the pre-packaged items in the butcher shop are cut and seasoned in-house.

Visit the refrigerated section for yogurts and cheeses as well as healthy dips like hummus. A quick stop at Pak Halal is a wonderful alternative to fast food. Eating healthy takes time and effort. Let Pak Halal do the prep for you for a meal everyone will gather around the table for tonight.