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Christmas 2021

Finding the perfect turkey for Christmas

It’s Christmas again and along with decorating the tree, buying pressies and stocking up on wine, it's time to start thinking about your special dinner. Every year, Christmas brings a unique opportunity to make a difference to farm animals and make the higher welfare choice.

By looking for the RSPCA Assured logo when you shop at Christmas you can be sure you are supporting farmers dedicated to farm animal welfare.

What size turkey do I need?
It's important to get the right size turkey for your family. You don't want anyone to go short, but on the other hand, you don't want to be eating cold turkey sandwiches until New Year's Eve. 

If you do end up with too much, don't worry. Our recipe for leftover chicken works just as well with turkey and is a great way to avoid waste in the kitchen. 

  • 6 / 7 people - 3kg turkey 
  • 8 / 10 people - 4kg turkey 
  • 10 / 12 people - 5kg turkey

How to prepare a turkey

You should remove your turkey from the fridge about 30 minutes before you start cooking it. This will also give your oven plenty of time to pre-heat. You don’t need to wash your turkey as any bacteria will be killed off during cooking. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4

How to cook your turkey
Give it a rest. When calculating your cooking time, remember you need to leave your turkey to rest once it comes out of the oven. Turkeys between 4 and 6kg should be rested for 1½ hours, and 6 to 10kg turkeys can rest for two hours.

  • 4 to 5kg – cook 2¼ to 2½ hours
  • 5 to 6kg – cook 2½ to 3 hours
  • 6 to 7kg – cook 3 hours to 3½ hours

Roast your turkey for the correct time, or until the juices run clear from the thickest part of the thigh when pierced with a knife or a skewer.

Where to buy RSPCA Assured labelled products this Christmas
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