How to Cook the Best Roast Turkey
All turkeys from Rosamondford Farm are inspected to ensure you receive them in perfect condition. Please use the following guide to ensure a moist, succulent and tasty turkey on Christmas day or any other special occasion.
Storing Your Turkey
Remove the turkey from its packing and take out the giblets. Dry and store in a cool place such as the bottom of your refrigerator.
Ideally, our turkeys should be cooked within three days of purchase.
Turkey Cooking Times
Please note that all turkeys and ovens are different. Cooking times are approximate — you will need to use your own judgement and check regularly. Adding stuffing will increase cooking times accordingly.
|Weight||Total cooking time|
|3.0Kg||6.6lb||2 hours, 15 minutes|
|4.0Kg||8.8lb||2 hours, 35 minutes|
|5.0Kg||11.0lb||2 hours, 55 minutes|
|6.0Kg||13.2lb||3 hours, 15 minutes|
|7.0Kg||14.4lb||3 hours, 40 minutes|
|9.0Kg||19.8lb||4 hours, 25 minutes|
|10.0Kg||22.0lb||4 hours, 45 minutes|
|12.0Kg||26.4lb||5 hours, 15 minutes|
Cooking Your Turkey
Follow these steps for the best-tasting bird.
- Pre-heat your oven to 230°C / 450°F / gas mark 8. Fan-assisted ovens can be reduced accordingly.
- Remove any string from around the turkey.
- We recommend you cook stuffing separately. However, should you wish to stuff your bird, fill the neck cavity only. You can also put a large apple or peeled onion into the body. Use the total weight of the stuffed turkey to calculate cooking times.
- Sprinkle the whole bird with salt and pepper then place breast-side down in a large roasting tin and cover loosely with foil. Calculate the cooking time using the table below.
- Place the turkey in the middle of the oven for around thirty minutes then reduce the temperature to 190°C / 370°F / gas mark 5 (less for fan-assisted ovens).
- About thirty minutes before the end of cooking, remove the foil and turn the turkey on to its back.
- To avoid over-cooking, put a fork into the inside of the thigh. The turkey is cooked when the juices run clear and are not pink.
- Let the turkey stand for at least 15 minutes before carving.
How to Carve Your Turkey
After standing, carve your turkey using the following method:
- Hold the leg at the end knuckle and cut close to the body. Twist off and carve (or serve to hungrier persons!)
- Remove both legs and wings.
- Slice the breast meat from one side then repeat on the other.
You don’t need to use left-over turkey in sandwiches! The Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association has provided Rosamondford Farm with the following turkey recipes…
Roast Turkey Recipe 1
Roasted turkey with fig, apple and shallot stuffing with fresh sage served with homemade sherry gravy.
Roast Turkey Recipe 2
Roasted turkey with spiced cranberry, apple and sage stuffing served with homemade cranberry and madeira gravy.
Spiced Stuffing Cake
A spiced cranberry, apple and sage stuffing cake which can be served with turkey or other meats.
Turkey and Rosti Pie
A turkey, pea and mushroom pie with white wine sauce and a rosti potato topping.
Bubble & Squeak
Turkey and Brussels bubble and squeak cakes served with rocket salad, poached egg and red pepper sauce.