Turkey Tips

About now, the panic will be setting in. Have you got everything? Turkey – check, Brussels – check, roast potatoes – check, wine – check – did you remember to get sherry for Gran? I am sure we’ll have some somewhere.

Now about that Turkey, let the flapping begin.

Don’t panic – we’ve got a few tips to help along the way to perfecting the all important Christmas turkey and receiving that all important “”aaahhh” as you let the bird take centre stage on table.

The Basics

Does it fit in the oven? If it doesn’t then do you have a dishwasher? (Apparently an option but not recommended by us) If all else fails, you can always send Dad out to the BBQ!

Does it fit in the roasting tray? Do you even have a roasting tray?

Have you got a gravy boat? (A milk jug will do!)

Do you have enough seats for everyone? (Probably best to dust off the garden chairs just in case).

Crackers with awful jokes? (Our favourite – Knock, knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive the other reindeer (sorry))


The Bird

It’s best to get the turkey out of the fridge at least half an hour before you want to cook it. When you get the turkey out the fridge, it’s also a good idea to turn on the oven as well at about 180c.

Do you know its weight? – On this occasion, you’re to know this bird’s weight without the risk of getting a slap across the face. Try the kitchen scales or the bathroom scales if it’s a big one.
Based on the weight, you should then be able to work out how long it will take to cook. According to the British Turkey Information Service (who knew) if the turkey is over 4kg, calculate 20 mins per kg + 90 mins. If it’s on the smaller size, calculate 20mins per kg + 70mins.

To avoid the poisoning the family, make sure the juices from the bird run clear from the thigh.
The turkey will need to rest for an hour before carving (it has done a lot of work you know).




Now serve with lashings of gravy, mountain of roast potatoes, a few (or a lot) of brussel sports, lots pigs in blankets and dollop of stuffing for the ultimate Christmas dinner!


Merry Christmas everyone!


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