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Jessie Rogers

Turkey & Thanksgiving Menu Cooking Tips, Recipes & More

We’ve assembled our tried-and-true tips for preparing your Thanksgiving Turkeys and Hams to perfection. Plus, we’ve got a helpful guide to reheating and serving items from our House-Made Thanksgiving Menu.

See the tips below, or click to download and print and have on hand in the kitchen! Also, be sure to try our favorite holiday recipes from Eat Good Food–delicious side dishes that will pair perfectly with your Turkey.

Still need a Thanksgiving Turkey? Stop by either Bi-Rite Market location and we’ll be happy to help! We’re open Wednesday, November 25 until 9pm! All Bi-Rite locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

 How to Cook BN Ranch Heritage Turkey

  • Click the image below or click here to download a printable .pdf of this recipe


How to Cook Broad-Breasted Turkey

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How to Cook Holiday Ham

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Follow these simple instructions for reheating items from our House-Made Holiday Menus!

Download a printable .pdf here

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Jessie Rogers

Festive Finishing Touches for Thanksgiving

6BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Creamery-Thanksgiving-33-2When Thanksgiving Turkey and Menu plans are wrapped up, it’s time to focus on the little flourishes that make the day even more special. Deck your table with gorgeous flowers, treat guests to an elegant cheese platter, and end your meal with a sweet treat from Bi-Rite Creamery. And if you’re a guest, show your host your gratitude with a truly special gift. It’s all available for pre-order until Tuesday, November 24 at 5pm from our Holiday Market on Instacart for quick, convenient pick-up from either Bi-Rite Market location.

(There’s still time to pre-order Turkeys, complete Dinner Kits, our house-made side dishes and more for pick-up! Just visit our Holiday Market on Instacart!)

Holiday Cheese Plate

Essex1pateGreet your guests with a selection of cheeses to prime their palates. Kick off with Cabot Creamery Artisan Reserve 3-Year Aged Cheddar, a classic crowd-pleaser. We also love the best-in-class Essex Street Cheese Marcel Petit Fort Saint Antoine Comte and L’Amuse Signature Gouda. Pair them with Bi-Rite Market’s House-Made Pate de Campagne and Duck Rillettes, and be sure to include La Maison du Piment Sweet Cherry Confit and Peccati Di Ciacco Truffle Honey on the side for balance.

Farm-Direct Thanksgiving Floral

FullBellyFlowers2We have an incredible Floral Team at the ready to provide you with seasonal and responsibly-grown plants and flowers. You can pre-order a Bi-Rite Market Mixed Bouquet to take along with you to your event. We also carry Dried Kitchen Bouquets from Oak Hill Farm that maintain beautiful color. Best of all are the Custom Thanksgiving Floral Centerpieces that our teams can create for you. Come to either Market and talk to the Florists about your specific needs!

Sweet Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery

Bi-Rite Creamery6BiRite-HOLIDAY-2015-Creamery-Thanksgiving-18 makes incredible pies all year ’round, but their Holiday specialties are not to be missed. We have the classics: Pumpkin Pie, smooth and rich. Apple Pie, with crumb topping and plump apples from Hidden Star Orchards. And Pecan Pie, with the perfect layer of sweet pecan crunch on top. For something a little different, don’t miss the Pumpkin Bundt Cake, made with organic pumpkin and topped with Salted Caramel Glaze and Vincent Family Dried Cranberries. It’s moist, dense, and delicious, and only available for Thanksgiving. And whether it’s pie or cake, a serving of Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream is a must!

Giving Thanks to your Host

Bourbon2pan3Don’t show up empty handed! Show your gratitude with a bottle of Signatory Imperial Scotch. This extremely limited 15-year-old Scotch, one of only two bottlings every created in a historic distillery in Speyside, Scotland is exclusive to Bi-Rite. Or bring along our special single barrel bottling of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, hand-selected by our Spirits Buyer; it complements the fresh, hand-made Ship to Shore Hot Buttered Rum Balls (a Bi-Rite staff favorite!) to create a festive and warming drink. Beautifully-wrapped and delicious, Rustichella d’ Abruzzo Panettone in Classic, Cherry and Chocolate, and Fig and Chocolate options is a traditional Italian artisan bread they’ll love; perfect with coffee the morning after Thanksgiving.

We’re here to help you plan your entire Thanksgiving meal, including all the little extras to make your day spectacular. The deadline to pre-order through our Instacart Holiday Market for pickup at the Markets  is 5pm on Tuesday, November 24th. And of course, just call or visit if you need recommendations or advice. Our Thanksgiving Hotline is available at (415) 241-9760; select option 3!

New to Instacart?

Create a new account and save $5 on your first order of $35 or more when you pre-order Thanksgiving Turkey and Menus from the Bi-Rite Holiday Market!
when you check out, after selecting a pick-up date!

Christine Mathias

Turkey Tips & our Fave Holiday Recipes

The Centerpiece of your Thanksgiving Table

It’s just a week Thanksgiving! We are proud to offer the tastiest, freshest Thanksgiving Turkeys, including Heritage and Broad-Breasted Turkeys from BN Ranch, and more. All our Turkeys are NOW AVAILABLE for Online Pre-Order from our Instacart Holiday Market for easy pick-up at either Bi-Rite Market location. Order yours today!


If you’re new to Instacart, you can save $5 on your first order of $35 or more from our special Holiday Market. Just create a new account, and enter the code BIRITETHANKSGIVING at check-out, after you select a pick-up date for your order at either Bi-Rite Market location.


 Our online pre-order deadline

for Turkeys and Thanksgiving Menu Items is

Tuesday, November 24 at 5pm


Turkey Cooking Tips & our Favorite Holiday Recipes

If you love to cook, or need to bring a special dish to a family event, our Chefs have assembled their favorite recipes from Eat Good Food, as well as are Cooking Tips for preparing your Thanksgiving turkey to perfection. Get them all here!

An easy and hearty side like our Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Caper Butter is a seasonal dish that is comforting and flavorful, and can be made with just a handful of ingredients. The Potato, Parsnip, and Celery Root Soup turns veggies into a creamy, rich dish that vegetarians and omnivores alike will love. And for a sweet treat, try Mom’s Pear Skillet CakeDownload the recipes and shop them online for delivery here, or ask for a copy when you visit Bi-Rite Market!


 Easy Steps for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

  • All orders from Bi-Rite’s Instacart Holiday Market are for in-store pick-up only, at either Bi-Rite Market location. (If ordering from outside San Francisco, please use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create an account.)
  • Need help? No problem! A Bi-Rite Thanksgiving Hotline is available at (415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Thanksgiving menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.

Christine Mathias

Scrumptious Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Dinner Kits


Thanksgiving is just weeks away! Our entire range of wonderful Thanksgiving turkeys, menu items, Bi-Rite Creamery desserts, and more is now available for pre-order through our trusted partner, Instacart. Visit our special Instacart Holiday Market for exceptional Thanksgiving centerpieces like BN Ranch’s Heritage and Broad Breasted Turkeys. You’ll also find our Complete Thanksgiving Dinner Kits–the perfect solution to offer your guests a home-cooked meal without all the work. And our House-Made Thanksgiving Menu offers all the delectable side dishes, gravy, stuffing, and special extras you need for an unforgettable meal.

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Our Thanksgiving dinner kits offer a convenient solution for serving a home-cooked meal without all the work. Each kit comes with complete reheating and serving instructions. Thanksgiving Dinner Kits are available for convenient online pre-order and in-store pick-up from our Holiday Market on Instacart. Quantities are limited, so order early to insure availability. Choose from three convenient options:

Intimate Turkey Dinner Kit – $175 (Serves 4-6 Guest)

House-Roasted Diestel Ranch Turkey Breast, 2 lbs
Slow-Cooked BN Ranch Dark Turkey Meat, 1 lb
Wild Mushroom, Celery & Herb Bread Stuffing (V), 2 qts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots with Bacon & Maple Syrup, 3 pts
Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Scallions (Veg), 2 qts
Wild Mushroom & Zinfandel Gravy (GF), 1 pt
Cranberry-Tangerine & Honey Relish, ½ pt
Bi-Rite Creamery Pumpkin Pie, 9”

Classic Turkey Dinner Kit – $250 (Serves 8-10)

Oven-Roasted Whole Organic Diestel Ranch Turkey, 10-12 lbs
Wild Mushroom, Celery & Herb Bread Stuffing (V), 3 qts
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Fresh Sage (V), 3 qts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots with Bacon & Maple Syrup, 3 pts
Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Scallions (Veg), 2 qts
Wild Mushroom & Zinfandel Gravy (GF), 2 pts
Cranberry-Tangerine & Honey Relish, 1 pt
Bi-Rite Creamery Pumpkin Pie, 9”

Company’s Coming for Dinner Kit – $350 (Serves 12-14)

Oven-Roasted Whole Organic Diestel Ranch Turkey, 10- 12 lbs
Sonoma County Meat Co. Smoked Hamlette, 3½ – 4 lbs
Wild Mushroom, Celery & Herb Bread Stuffing (V), 3 qts
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Fresh Sage (V), 3 qts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots with Bacon & Maple Syrup, 4 pts
Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Scallions (Veg), 3 qts
Wild Mushroom & Zinfandel Gravy (GF), 3 pts
Cranberry-Tangerine & Honey Relish, 1 pt
Bi-Rite Creamery Pumpkin Pie, 9”
Bi-Rite Creamery Organic Apple Pie, 9”


Cornbread Stuffing (L) and Wild Mushroom Stuffing (R)

For your vegetarian friends and family, side dishes are what make Thanksgiving great! Bi-Rite makes it easy to be sure there are dishes for everyone on the table, all available for online pre-order and easy pick-up at either market. Select favorites like Green Bean & Wild Mushroom Casserole with Caramelized Onions, Chestnuts, and Breadcrumbs or Bourbon Sweet Potato Mash with Candied Pecans. We even have a vegan Porcini Mushroom & Marsala Gravy to accompany the Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Scallions. For vegans, try Mama’s Roasted Carrots with Tahini, Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley or Wild Mushroom, Celery, & Herb Bread Stuffing and Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Fresh Sage.

Dungeness Crab Bisque

Dungeness Crab Bisque

View our entire House-Made Thanksgiving Menu for a complete list of savory sides. Our Dungeness Crab & Fennel Bisque is a seasonal delight. And don’t miss the Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Carrots with Bacon and Maple Syrup and our outstanding Jalapeño Cornbread & House-Made Chorizo Sausage Stuffing that is a delicious spin on the traditional dish.

So head on over to the Instacart Holiday Market and get your orders in for Thanksgiving! The pre-order deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, November 24th. Our turkeys tend to go quickly, so don’t procrastinate. We are so happy to be able to share our love of food with you, our guests, and can’t wait to be a part of your holiday!

There’s still time to save on all your wine for Thanksgiving. Visit us this week for Wine Blitz and SAVE 20% on mix-and-match cases of wine! Available at both Markets through Sunday, November 8th. Plus, we’ll provide free delivery of your wine in San Francisco.


Jessie Rogers

Thanksgiving Pre-Orders Are Here: Get Your Turkeys & Holiday Menu Today!


The Flavors of Fall are here! NOW AVAILABLE for Online Pre-Order from our trusted online ordering partner, Instacart, for quick and convenient holiday pick-up at both Bi-Rite Market locations. From our special Instacart Holiday Market you can shop our entire selection of Thanksgiving favorites, including:

  • BN Ranch Heritage Turkeys
  • Savory House-Made Side Dishes
  • Desserts from Bi-Rite Creamery
  • Everything you need for a perfect Thanksgiving!

The pre-order deadline for Thanksgiving is Tuesday, November 24 at 5pm. Thanksgiving Menu items will also be available in Bi-Rite Market stores for purchase, and for pre-order pick-up, from Friday, November 20 through Saturday, November 28. ORDER YOUR TURKEY EARLY TO INSURE AVAILABILITY!

Enjoy the finest Turkeys from our favorite farm: BN Ranch

turkey_niman_marinsuns-300x257BN Ranch HeritageTurkeys – $8.00 / lb
Long a favorite of our guests, these exceptional turkeys are a trademark of Thanksgiving at Bi-Rite. Each turkey is raised in Bolinas and Turlock, CA by the BN Ranch Team on the ranch of Bill and Nicolette Niman. Raised in a humane and environmentally-responsible manner, these birds are direct descendants of Standard Bronze, Narragansett, and Spanish Black breeds. The flock roams freely on grassy pastures most of the year, grazing and foraging to supplement their GMO-free, vegetarian diet. Intensely flavorful on their own, they require hardly any flavorings or additions to taste incredibly delicious.

BN Ranch Broad-Breasted Turkeys – $5.00 / lb
Raised in the same responsible manner as BN Ranch Heritage Turkeys, these traditional turkeys provide a larger ratio of white meat and are a delicious, free-range alternative to factory farm-raised turkeys.

Visit our Instacart Holiday Market for our complete Turkey selection, available size ranges, and serving information.

Bi-Rite’s House-Made Thanksgiving Menu

While you’re browsing for turkeys, be sure to check out our entire House-Made Thanksgiving Menu, wines, gifts, Bi-Rite Creamery desserts, and more! All of these delectable dishes are also available now for pre-order. Plus, you can try our Thanksgiving Menu at these preview tastings in the Markets:

Preview Tasting Schedule

  • Saturday, November 7, 3-6pm at both Bi-Rite Market locations
  • Sunday, November 8, 3-6pm at both Bi-Rite Market locations
  • Sunday, November 15, 3-6pm at both Bi-Rite Market locations
  • Monday, November 16, 4-7pm at both Bi-Rite Market locations

Just follow these easy steps for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders:

  • Create a free Instacart account at https://www.instacart.com/bi-rite-holiday. Or, log into an existing Instacart account, and select the Bi-Rite Holiday Market to begin your Thanksgiving shopping.
  • All orders from Bi-Rite’s Instacart Holiday Market are for in-store pick-up only, at either Bi-Rite Market location. (If ordering from outside San Francisco, please use Bi-Rite’s 94110 zip code to create an account.)
  • Need help? No problem! A Bi-Rite Thanksgiving Hotline is available at (415) 241-9760; select option 3 for Thanksgiving menu-planning and ordering assistance. Menus can also be ordered in person with Bi-Rite Market staff at either market location, or by phone.

Don’t forget the wine: Stock up and save during our Fall Wine Blitz sale!


Jon Fancey

Gruyere 1655 Makes Everything Better

Now through November, the Bi-Rite Market Cheese Department is celebrating one of our favorite European cheeses: IMG_6279Gruyere 1655. I spent a week in Switzerland last month and ate quite a bit of Gruyere. Originally, the cheese was made by two brothers in the town of Gruyere, Switzerland, and the cheese took on the city’s name after the year 1655, when a noble in the area had the cheese made for his family. There are so many reasons that you should come in to the Markets and grab your own piece of Gruyere 1655 to enjoy!

  • It’s the perfect everyday cheese–Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, or dinner.
  • It’s delicious–A well-rounded flavor and an amazing texture make this one of the most memorable cheeses we sell.
  • It pairs well with all of this season’s flavors–Heirloom Apples from California, Seckel Pear and Vincent Family Dried Cranberries from Oregon, or the new Underground Meats Summer Sausage from Madison, Wisconsin are incredible when paired with Gruyere!
  • It melts like a dream—Perfect for grilled cheese, quiche, a gratin, or even macaroni & cheese. Be on the lookout for recipe cards in the Markets, like the one below.
  • It’s sturdy & satisfying–Perfect for a picnic in the park, a day hike, or a weekend camping trip.
  • It preserves traditional cheese-making–Wheels of Gruyere 1655 are handmade at Fromagerie La Cret and are lovingly aged by Fromage Gruyere SA. Both firms are committed to the heritage of Switzerland’s most important cheese.
  • It’s the best cheese for Fondue—Everyone loves a pot of melted cheese on a foggy San Francisco evening, especially when it’s Gruyere 1655 in the pot.

Please stop by either Market and ask for a taste of this great Alpine cheese!

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Jason Rose

High Holy Days House-Made Menu: 9/11-9/23

We are excited to share our house-made menu for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, available Friday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 23.  In addition, we have an array of house-made, traditional baked goods from Bi-Rite Creamery, as well as assorted grocery items and Kosher wine.

The menu will be available for pre-order from both Markets (please allow 48 hours before pick up to place your order), or you can visit our online store at Instacart.com to shop all of your High Holy Days needs in our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur aisles.


In addition to honeys, we have beautiful, assorted farm direct, heirloom apples (up to $2.99/pound), Streit’s Matzo Ball Mix and Streit’s Matzo Ball and Soup Mix (both $3.99), as well as Mrs. Adler’s Gefilte Fish ($8.99) and Rokeach Memorial Candles ($1.99 each).

We are also featuring an assortment of beverages including Bunan Cotes de Provence Kosher Wine ($24.99), Bi-Rite Public Label Pinot Noir ($21.99), Devoto 1976 Cider ($12.99), Heidrun Hawaiian Macadamia Sparkling Mead ($24.99), and Kedem Grape Juice ($4.99 / 22 oz.). L’Shana Tovah!

John Herbstritt

Cocktails with St. George

St. George Spirits became famous for their Hangar 1 brand of vodkas, but when they sold the name to Proximo Spirits they had to cool their vodka jets for a while. Now master distiller Lance Winters is back with his own line and they are better than ever!  Although spirits like whiskey are all about demonstrating the depth of flavor that comes from long ageing, highlighting the different grains used, good vodka is all about mastery of the distillation process. Since the spirit comes out of the still at 190 proof or above, only the most skilled distillers using the best raw materials can make great vodka on the first run.

st george bottlesA little about the history of St. George Spirits: it was founded by Jörg Rupf in 1982. Inspired by the high quality fruit grown in California, he emigrated from Germany in order to start making eau-de-vie. These fruit-based spirits are distilled from a mash of thehighest quality fermented fresh fruitand only made seasonally. Jörg’s family had been distillers for generations in the Black Forest of Western Germany. He started on a single, 65-gallon Holstein pot still and the distillates he made were outstanding. At that time there was no craft distilling movement in the United States to speak of, nor was anybody drinking eaux-de-vie, but these still remain central to what St. George Spirits is all about. You might even make the claim that this foundation on eau-de-vie informs everything that St. George does.

Although the vodkas are not eaux-de-vie, the composition and balance of flavors and aroma is decidedly on the same plane. The base spirit itself is luscious and fresh with zero harshness. It has a softness to it that makes you want to sip it like whiskey. It almost feels like heresy to mix it with anything! For the Citrus and Green Chile flavors the distillation team uses a special, smaller still with basket attachment to make a highly aromatic distillate which they blend into the base spirit. The final products are balanced and beautifully aromatic.

We will be offering 10% off all three of the St. George Vodkas Tuesday through Thursday now through September 24 ($27, regualarly $29.99).Come on down and check them out for yourself, or shop the selection on our online store at Instacart.com.
The secret ingredient in the All-Purpose Vodka is actually pears! St. George distills the same delicious Bartlett pears that they use for their pear brandies to 95.1% in order to obtain a spirit with a luscious texture but no overt pear flavor. They then blend it with a GMO-free base spirit. Great for any vodka application: Dry Martini, Moscow Mule, it’s even great sipped on its own – or you can make like James Bond and whip up a Vesper!

The California Citrus Vodka is scented with Bergamot plus Valencia and Seville oranges all sourced locally. First, the distilling team infuses the citrus peels separately in their GMO-free base spirit. They then distill each infusion and blend them together, looking for harmony of flavor and texture. I like a Martini made from the Cali Citrus and Dolin Dry Vermouth, though you can also throwback to the ’90s with this Shameless Cosmo recipe. Ladies night!

This inspired beverage is made with a combination of infusion and distillation techniques as well. Although jalapeño is the main flavor, they also use a combination of other sweet and hot chiles. Be careful not to get to close to the still when it’s processing all those peppers! The end result is a spirit that is subtly spicy and redolent of mouth-watering peppery aromas. The emphasis is not on the spiciness itself, but the complex flavors that these lovely veggies lend to whatever they touch. Bloody Marys, duh!



Stacks ‘o Racks on sale for Labor Day

Summer is coming to a close and we’ve got a fantastic price on BN Ranch‘s California-Raised, Grass-fed Racks of Lamb! For just one week – August 31 through September 6 – BN’s Racks will be on sale for $21.99/lb. (normally $29.99/lb.). These mild and tender chops are a great way to say goodbye to summer. So get your grill ripping hot, give these beauties a couple kisses on the hot flame and enjoy the ideal choice for a light summer meal.  Looking for the perfect Labor Day dish?  Try our Grilled Lamb Chop with Cucumber Raita recipe from the Markets or on our online store at Instacart.com!

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Celebrate Hogust at the Markets

LargeBlack-tag-04Over the last few months we have started to introduce more local pork producers committed to raising various heritage breeds.  I really feel that pork is one of the more complex proteins, and its flavor profile is greatly influenced by breed, feed, and terroir.  It is this thought that drove the idea of creating “Hogust,” our celebration of rare and heritage pork breeds throughout the month of August.

Since 2005, Bi-Rite and Heritage Foods USA have partnered to support small family farms that are committed to raising unique breeds of hogs with varied flavors and tastes.  Through the entire month of August we will be highlighting center-cut pork chops from breeds like the Tamworth, Old Spot, Duroc, Large Black, and my favorite, the Red Wattle.

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So raise a glass to “Hogust,” and take advantage of this opportunity to taste experience pork from the breed perspective.  Be sure to visit our butchers throughout the month to try our rotating selection of heritage pork. To quote our friends at Heritage Foods, in order to preserve this amazing breed diversity, “You have to eat ‘em to save ‘em!”  See our field guide for flavor profiles to find your favorite breed, and what better way to taste the difference than in our Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Figs recipe, adapted from Eat Good Food? Shop the recipe in both Markets or from our online store at Instacart.com. Enjoy!