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Turkey Cooking Advice

Preparation:
Check the giblets. These are wrapped separately and separated from the bird. Sprinkle the bird with salt and pepper, and fill the neck cavity with stuffing.
If you are also stuffing the rear cavity, take care that air can pass over the stuffing into the body cavity. If air cannot circulate freely inside the bird there is a danger that the stuffing will be cooked while the turkey remains undercooked. If you are not stuffing the turkey, you can place a large peeled onion inside the cavity. We find this enhances the natural flavours of the meat.
 
Cooking Instructions:
Place the turkey breast down in the roasting tray. The only fat deposits in the turkey are in the back and these will percolate through the breast meat during cooking, resulting in a greater succulence and flavour. Because of their natural succulence, our turkeys cook far faster than mass produced birds.
 
Start the turkey roasting at 400°F (200°C) / Gas mark 6 for 30 minutes, then turn down to 350°F (177°C) Gas mark 4. Baste occasionally. Turn over for the last half hour to brown the breast. If aluminium foil is used, an extra hour’s cooking is required. The foil must be removed for the last half hour if a crisp brown skin is required.
 
Cooking times, weight and sizes for the oven:
 

Turkey Weight

4-4.5kg

5-5.5kg

6-6.5 kg

7-7.5 kg

8-8.5kg

9.9.5kg

10.10.5kg

Cooking Time

1 ¾ hrs

2 hrs

2 ½ hrs

2 ¾ hrs

3 hrs

3 ½ hrs

3 ¾ hrs

Turkey Length

27cm

31cm

32cm

33cm

38cm

40cm

46cm

Turkey Width

20cm

21cm

22cm

24cm

28cm

29cm

36cm

Turkey Height

14cm

18cm

19cm

19cm

19cm

22cm

25cm

Will Feed

6-7 People

7-8 People

8-9 People

10-12 People

14-16 People

18-20 People

20-22 People