All the advice you need
To enjoy the perfect roast turkey simply follow our step by step guide to ensure your turkey is cooked to perfection.

Click on the steps below for instructions on how to defrost, cook and carve your turkey.

We have included a handy 'Turkey Timer' to help you work out:
  • The size of turkey you need to buy
  • Defrosting times for your turkey
  • Cooking times for your turkey

Once the turkey is cooked and you are ready to serve, why not take a few tips from our Carving Guide to make sure you get the most out of your turkey.
Prepare to cook


Be Prepared - before you start make sure you have: A small, sharp knife, small container to refrigerate giblets, stuffing (if desired), melted butter or oil (if desired), foil, roasting tin, large enough for your turkey, skewer and a serving dish.

Handy Hint - For easier carving

Prior to cooking your turkey, pull back the skin at the neck end and cut out the wishbone with a small, sharp knife. This makes carving more straightforward and easier to achieve large slices.

Handy Hint - Upside Down Method

When roasting your turkey, try putting it upside down on its breast so the juices from the back and legs run down to the breast keeping it moist.

Cooking the turkey uncovered and upside down will reduce the cooking time - check progress 30 to 40 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

During the last hour of cooking, turn the turkey breast side up, to allow the skin to brown and crisp.


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