Advice for people cooking a turkey Christmas dinner; A guide to getting a juicy and satisfying turkey.
Most people only cook turkey once a year so would be forgiven for making a mess of it.
It should not be a nightmare though and we promise it will not be with this fool-proof guide to getting a tasty juicy and satisfying Christmas turkey.
And as food is so important we asked the experts at Waitrose for their tips on turkey cooking times and all things related to the iconic Christmas dinner staple.
Tie up your apron and take notes for your Christmas dinner preparation from our handy guide. If you need more inspiration for your Christmas dinner menu, Waitrose also has recipes for cocktails, Christmas desserts and perfect roast trimmings.
Why do we eat turkey at Christmas?
Eating turkey at Christmas is a tradition going back to medieval times. Large fowl was the centre piece in the houses of the rich; Geese, duck, partridge but to name a few.
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Turkeys were introduced in the Tudor times, and because of the plentiful meat on them, they soon grew in popularity. In post war Britain, modern farming methods meant more turkeys could be reared and the traditional turkey is still the most popular meat to eat over the festive period.
How do I pick a Christmas turkey?
There is lots to choose from but start with how many people you are going to feed. Whole birds are the best value and the leftovers of the turkey are great for cooking stock. Crowns and breast on the bone crowns are easier to carve as the leg bones have been removed. For the ultimate convenience, the joints are easy to carve and come in a foil tray to cook the joint in, there is also no waste. For those who need a gluten free stuffed turkey, we have our gluten free stuffed turkey parcel with a pork gingerbread and apricot stuffing.
What are the benefits of fresh over frozen turkeys?
Fresh turkeys are ready to cook, whereas with a frozen turkey, you have to ensure you've allowed time for it to defrost. At Waitrose we enable our customers to order their fresh turkeys and pick it up when it is convenient for them.
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Why do some turkeys cost more than others?
The cost of the bird depends on the breed of the turkey, how long it is grown for and whether it is free range or grown indoors. All of these factors will affect the cost.
How to cook a turkey?
First make sure that you check your oven. All ovens runs at different temperatures and not necessarily the one that it says on the dial. All cooking instructions are checked in ovens that have been calibrated and so to get the best from your turkey, this is a must.
Take your turkey, put butter under the skin and season the skin. Cover with foil which you tuck under the turkey not over the tin. Preheat the oven to 140C and then cook in the oven for 23 minutes per kg plus 2hr and 40 mins - long and slow. This allows the turkey to cook gently ensuring a moist turkey as the end result.
Half an hour before the end of the cook, remove the foil and return to the oven to crisp the skin. Remember to check that the turkey is cooked by piercing the turkey to check that the juices run clear.
Leave to rest for at least half an hour. If you wrap in foil, the turkey will stay warm for an hour. When you take your turkey out of the oven it will continue to cook.
What are the best turkey cooking times?
At Waitrose, our turkey crowns - which are the breast in the bone without the legs and wings- come in a cooking bag which helps to cook the crown more quickly. Preheat the oven to 140C and cook for 29 mins per kg plus 1hr 17 mins. If you want a crisp skin, take the cooking bag off 30 mins before the end of the cook.
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|Publication:||Hinckley Times (Hinckley, Leicestershire, England)|
|Date:||Dec 23, 2017|
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