Cooking a Turkey – made simple
Preparing the Christmas dinner is usually a stressful task for the host/chef. However, it shouldn’t be. It should be a stress-free day shared with your loved ones. One of the main questions we get asked every year regarding cooking a Turkey is “How do you cook the Turkey?” or “what’s the best way to cook the Turkey?”. Although there is no “best” or “right” way. The most common and traditional way of cooking a Turkey on Christmas is by using the oven. Below are the directions on how to cook a Christmas day turkey – we simplified it to make it easier.
It’s also worth noting – before you begin, see the chart below. When cooking Turkeys, size does matter.
- To start, take Turkey from the fridge and leave sit at room temperature for 90 minutes.
- Preheat your stove/oven to 180 degrees Celsius/or gas mark 4.
- Prior to cooking sprinkling with salt, pepper and in the cavity. This is a good time to add stuffing into the cavity.
- Truss the legs.
- Place the bird on an oven plate breast side down, this enables the fat stores to permeate the breast meat while cooking.
- There’s no need to cover with tinfoil, it’s optional with different reasons for and against. Click here for a great explanation. ( Scroll down the page to the midway point)
- Thirty minutes before the cooking is finished turn the turkey – this will darken the breast side.
- The Turkey is cooked when the juices run clear when you pierce within the thigh with a sharp knife. However, we always recommend using a food thermometer. When using the thermometer the reading should show a temperature of 73 degrees celsius. Using a food thermometer is the only way to really know your food is thoroughly cooked, and that it has reached a temperature that will destroy any harmful bacteria. The internal temperature of a cooked Turkey should be 73 degrees Celsius
- If the juices run pink, cook the Turkey for another 15 minutes, and repeat the process again.
- Before carving the Turkey make sure you let it rest for 30 minutes.
If you’d like to order a Turkey from our Butcher shop via our Click & Collect system click here.