Free-range Bronze Turkey

Your perfect Christmas centrepiece!

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£64.00
PRICE PER KILO: £12.80
CODE: C737
 
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Sourced from the beautiful Loué region of France, these free-range bronze turkeys are slow grown just for us, in our dedicated Donald Russell flock. Their exemplary outdoor lifestyle and all-natural diet gives the meat a gorgeously succulent bite, and a wonderful depth of flavour – just like turkey used to taste! Treat your family to the very finest this Christmas.

Did you know; you can save time by cooking these Turkeys from frozen?
Watch the video guide here or view our printable guide to cooking from frozen or defrosted here. Full instructions are also provided with your delivery; all you need is a meat thermometer!

NOTE: If cooking from defrosted, allow at least 72 hours to defrost turkey’.
  • NEW! Turkey can be cooked from frozen – full instructions provided. All you need is a meat thermometer!
  • Succulent, full-flavoured turkey
  • Exclusively reared for Donald Russell
  • Slow grown for rich flavour and juicy, meaty texture
  • Comes with the Donald Russell guarantee of quality
Box Contains:

    • 1 Free-range Bronze Turkey, without giblets (pack weight 5kg)

SERVINGS    
 
6-8
  Professionally shock frozen
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Storage: Keep frozen at -18ºC or below
Defrosting your Turkey: (72 Hours Approx)
Defrost in the fridge or, if you are short of space, leave the turkey in the supplied cool box. Keep the bird in its vacuum packaging, add re-freezable ice packs to the box and replace the lid. The ice packs must be changed twice a day (morning and night) for clean, re-frozen ones.

Defrosting Time: 7-10 hours per 500g equals a defrosting time of approximately 72 hours.
To download our printable turkey cooking guide (from defrosted & frozen) click here

FROM FROZEN

To cook this turkey from frozen, we recommend using a digital meat thermometer - check our website or ask our advisors if you need one.

Weigh your turkey to calculate your cooking time - it needs approximately 18-20 minutes per 450g (lb). We also suggest you sit it at room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking - his makes it easier to unwrap. Once it's cooked, rest it for 30 minutes to one hour, to make it even more juicy. Add all these times together and work backwards from when you want to serve up, to see when to switch your oven on.

When you're ready to go, preheat the oven to 170°C / Fan 160°C / Gas 4, and place an oven shelf in the bottom third. Remove your turkey from the freezer and sit in its packaging for 20 minutes at room temperature. Unwrap your turkey and place it on top of a roasting rack inside a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 21/2 hours, trying not to open the oven door or let out too much heat.
After this time the turkey should be starting to turn golden.

Carefully take your turkey out of the oven, closing the door to retain the heat, and do your first temperature check. Insert the temperature probe into the meatiest part of the breast, leaving it in place for at least 10 seconds to get an accurate reading. If it reads below 74°C (it almost certainly will at this stage), it needs further cooking.

Tilt the turkey to pour any cooking juices into the roasting tray, and add about three glasses of liquid to the tray - white wine, chicken stock or water, according to taste. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and return to the oven.

Repeat the temperature test after a further 45 minutes, and every 15 - 30 minutes after that - if it's close to 74°C, check it sooner. Remember, all ovens vary! If the turkey is getting too brown, cover loosely with tinfoil. For the final temperature test, check a few places on the breast, including close to, but not touching, the bone. Also check the thickest part of the thigh.

When each point reaches 74°C, remove the turkey from the oven, tip out any more juices to make your gravy, cover the turkey loosely with tinfoil and leave to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes to an hour before carving. Use this time to complete your veg and gravy.

Pour yourself a glass of something tasty, serve up, and enjoy!


FROM DEFROSTED

Before cooking: Gently pat dry your defrosted turkey with kitchen paper and allow to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes - this will help with even cooking.
Place the turkey in a large roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Pour a cup of water into the tin to keep the bird moist during cooking.
We recommend to cook your turkey unstuffed as being stuffed lengthens the cooking time. Instead stuff the cavity with 2-3 peeled and halved onions and bunch of herbs eg. thyme, marjoram and parsley for extra flavour.

Cooking: Weigh your bird to calculate the exact cooking time required.
1. Preheat oven to 230ºC/450ºF/Gas 8
2. Cook for 30 minutes
3. Reduce oven temperature to 180ºC/360ºF/Gas 4
4. Cook for further 15-18 minutes per 450g (lb)

Test: The thickest part of the thigh must be soft when pressed. Another test is to pierce with a meat fork; the juices must run clear. Alternatively insert a meat thermometer, when it reads 70 -75ºC you know its cooked.

Resting: Once your turkey is cooked it is vitally important to let it rest. Remove the bird from oven, tent loosely with foil and rest for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Resting is as important as cooking, as it allows the meat to become moist and tender all the way through. Reserve any juices to make your gravy.

Tip: You can rest your bird in a warm oven (without fan) at 60ºC for up to 60 minutes. This will allow you time to get all your trimmings and accompaniments ready and will reduce the stress



To watch our How to Cook Poultry video Click Here

To watch our How to Carve Turkey video Click Here

95% of customers liked this product (622 reviews)

Posted Rating Comment Company Comment
20-Feb-2017   
Fantastic flavour and beautifully tender.
17-Feb-2017   
Excellent
07-Feb-2017   
Very moist and tasty. Once apron a time my daughter was not keen, but now she loves it
28-Jan-2017   
Excellent flavour and simple to cook was perfect for Christmas dinner and even days after it keeps it's flavour
24-Jan-2017  
Poor
22-Jan-2017   
Although can cook from frozen I defrosted and prepared. Everyone loved the taste of this bird.
22-Jan-2017   
This was also a present to my son, the size was perfect there was even enough left for us on Boxing Day. Juicy and lovely.
22-Jan-2017   
This turkey was so succulent .. not dry at all and there was so much meat too
22-Jan-2017   
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22-Jan-2017   
The best Turkey yet, lovely flavour and it cooked beautifully
20-Jan-2017   
Cooked beautifully to instructions given and was enjoyed by all on the day
19-Jan-2017   
Excellent product and up to expectations
18-Jan-2017   
Excellent. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18-Jan-2017   
Excellent
16-Jan-2017  
Tasty flavour. Cooked after defrosted. Instructions clear.
16-Jan-2017   
Very tasty . I cooked it after it defrosted. Also cooked it for 15 minster less than advised. It was perfect.
15-Jan-2017   
Excellent
15-Jan-2017   
As Above
15-Jan-2017   
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14-Jan-2017   
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