Top Tips for Cooking your Turkey this Christmas

It’s important to plan cooking in advance, so the bird is cooked thoroughly. A large turkey can take several hours to cook properly.

How to check if your Turkey is cooked

There are 3 main ways to tell if your Turkey is cooked:

  • The meat should be steaming hot all the way through.
  • When you cut into the thickest part of the meat, none of the meat should be pink.
  • If juices run out when you pierce the turkey, they should be clear
 Weight of Turkey Roasting Time (Unstuffed) Roasting Time (Stuffed)
10-18lb 3 - 31/2 hours

33/4 - 41/2 hours


31/2 - 4 hours

41/2 - 5 hours


Turkey Breast Fillet

If cooking a boneless turkey fillet, cooking times are reduced considerably. At 160°C/325°F cook for approx. 25 mins per lb. For smaller fillets, reduce further to 20 mins per lb.


  • Cover your turkey with a sheet of baking paper during cooking and uncover for the last 30 minutes to brown the skin. To stop the meat drying out, baste it every hour.
  • Don’t store in your garage or in the boot of your car, keep the turkey nice and cool (0-5°C).
  • Once cooked, keep remaining turkey in the fridge.
  • Turkey Fillets will be freshly vacuum packed at our farm.