Everything you need to know to make sure this year's Christmas turkey is the tastiest yet.
The technical bit...
- 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
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.
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.
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.
The turkey recipe collection
From traditional to 'with a twist', we've got the perfect roast turkey recipe for you.
It's not all turkey curry and cold cut sandwiches you know. How to transform your turkey leftovers into something altogether more inspiring.
- What to do with your leftovers