Cooking a whole turkey
Here are some links to how the experts do it: Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith, Great British Chefs, Nigella Lawson. Please note, our birds cook quicker than some of these recipes as Bramble Farm turkeys are reared longer and have more intramuscular fat. Also, ovens vary in temperature, so please use a thermometer to confirm when it's ready.
We're not expert cooks, but here is a guide to how we cook ours.
Approx cooking times: 4 kg: 1 ¾ hrs, 5 kg: 2 hrs, 6 kg: 2 ¼ hrs, 7 kg: 2 ¾ hrs, 9 kg: 3 hrs. Jamie Oliver suggests 25 to 30 mins per kg.
Take your turkey out of the oven in the morning or 2hrs before cooking
Pre-heat oven to: 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4, Fan 160ºC
Remove the giblet bag from cavity
We add a little oil to the tray, put the whole bird breast side down & season
1/2 way through, we turn the bird over
We baste it with the oil part of the juices in the tray
From half way, we regularly check the temperature in the thickest parts with a meat thermometer.
We add our part-cooked potatoes to roast 15 to 30 mins before taking the meat out
As soon as the thickest part gets to 65 °C (not a moment longer) we take it out.
We leave the turkey uncovered at room temperature for 30 mins, it will continue to cook. (Hard to believe, so leave the thermometer in and watch it rise!).
Meanwhile, make the gravy & let the potatoes and veg continue to cook.
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