Weigh the turkey after stuffing and always pre-heat your oven.
Basting the bird
Pour, brush or spoon the juices over during cooking to keep it moist.
The skewer test
Test the bird is cooked using a thermometer. It should read 75°C.
Loosely cover and allow it to rest. This keeps your meat moist.
Make sure your bird cooks evenly by tying the legs loosely with string – this ensures that the breast meat doesn’t overcook.
Rub with oil or butter
Don’t forget to brown your turkey and crisp the skin to perfection by rubbing it all over with olive oil or melted butter.
Try two smaller birds
If you’re short on space it’s a good idea to roast 2 smaller turkeys. They’ll fit better in the fridge and cook quicker.
Get a good pan
Pick a heavy duty, non-stick pan with low sides. If the sides are high, it stops your bird browning evenly below.
Make more delicious dishes with your leftover turkey. Explore our full collection for ideas across the festive season.
How do I cook turkey in the bag?
Check to see if you need to remove any packaging, then simply pop in the oven as per instructions Close
How to cook a turkey crown?
All of our turkey crowns come with cooking instructions. So, for best results, please refer to the pack. As a general guide, you can season and baste with butter to keep it moist. Roast skin side up at 180 to 190°C. Cover loosely with foil and cook for 20 minutes per kg. Then add 70 minutes (or 90 minutes if your turkey crown weighs more than 4kg). For extra flavour baste in the juices about 30 minutes before it’s ready Close
How long does a turkey crown take to cook?
Cook for 20 minutes per kg at 180 to 190°C. Then add 70 minutes (or 90 minutes if your turkey crown weighs more than 4kg) Close
How do I cook a boned and rolled turkey?
You need 15 minutes per 450g, and then another 20-30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas Mark 7. Put the turkey joint skin side up and pour over 450ml water (or chicken stock to taste). Spread butter over the skin and season well. Seal with foil then roast for 20 minutes – to allow it to heat right through. Then cook at 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6. Top tip: uncover the joint for the last 20 minutes to brown the skin Close
How do I check the turkey is cooked?
Pierce the thickest part of the leg with a skewer. If the meat juices run clear, it means the turkey is cooked. If there are any traces of pink in the juices, cook the bird for a further 15 minutes, then retest Close
Can I store my turkey in the garage or outside?
This is not something we would recommend as turkey needs to be stored below 4.4°C, and you can’t guarantee what the temperature will be outside, or in the garage, throughout the day. Try to make room in the fridge for the turkey and store things like drinks and mixers in the garage insteadClose
Can I cook my turkey on Christmas Eve?
Yes, however, you can only reheat the turkey sliced – not as a whole bird or joint. Cook the turkey the night before as per the cooking instructions and allow the bird to cool completely before refrigerating overnight. On the day, carve the turkey into slices and place into a roasting tray and cover with a little chicken or turkey stock, then reheat in a pre-heated oven 180°C/Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes - until heated through Close
What is a three-bird roast?
A mix of different festive birds, such as turkey, goose, duck, cockerel or pheasant. Our boneless British multi-bird roast includes free range turkey, duck and pheasant with a cranberry stuffing and glaze, topped with smoked streaky bacon and a sprig of herbs Close
Can I cook turkey in the slow cooker?
Yes, it will make it really moist and juicy, but you’ll need to brown it off at the end Close
Should I truss the turkey?
Yes. It stops the legs drying out, and gives you a neat, compact shape that will stop it collapsing Close
How do I calculate how long to cook a turkey?
As a guide, cook your turkey at 180°C Fan/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and use the below info
Under 4.5kg – cook for 45 minutes per kilogram, plus 20 minutes.
4.5kg – 6.5kg – cook for 40 minutes per kilogram.
More than 6.5kg – cook for 35 minutes per kilogram.Close
How long do I defrost a turkey for?
For 24 hours at the bottom of the fridge. It will take about 2 hours for every 450g Close