The foolproof turkey guide

Everything you need to know to make sure this year's Christmas turkey is the tastiest yet.

Roast turkey and potatoes

The technical bit...

Scandinavian roast turkeyWhat size to buy

  • 2-2.5kg serves 4-6
  • 3kg serves 6-7
  • 3.5kg serves 7-8
  • 4-4.5kg serves 8-10
  • 5-5.5kg serves 10-12
  • 6-6.5kg serves 12-15

Thawing your turkey

Your stuffing can be prepared ahead, but don't stuff the bird until it is about to be cooked. Only stuff the neck cavity, never the body cavity (as it will not cook through). This can be filled with sprigs of fresh herbs and slices of lemon or onion to infuse the meat with extra flavours.

  • Weight: 2.25kg - Thaw in fridge 27 hrs - Thaw in cool room 9 hrs
  • Weight: 3-3.5kg - Thaw in fridge 42 hrs - Thaw in cool room 12-14 hrs
  • Weight: 4.5-5.5kg - Thaw in fridge 66 hrs - Thaw in cool room 18-22 hrs
  • Weight: 6.75-7.5kg - Thaw in fridge 90 hrs - Thaw in cool room 27-30 hrs

Christmas turkey with clementine and bay butter

A good roasting

Right, you've bought your bird, now what? Essential information on how to prepare, store and cook your turkey on our glossary page.

Turkey glossary page

Time for turkey

Be a sea of calm among the Christmas Day chaos by getting your timings spot on. Our roast calculator will generate a cook time according to the weight of your bird and oven type, plus has plenty of tips for testing whether it's fully cooked throughout. 

Roast calculator

How-to-carve video

Watch our video guide to carving turkey

Written guides are useful, but there's nothing like seeing how to carve a turkey first-hand. Watch Barney's video and then impress your guests.

Roast turkey with chestnut stuffing

The turkey recipe collection

From traditional to 'with a twist', we've got the perfect roast turkey recipe for you.

The turkey recipe collection

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