Free-range Bronze Turkey

Your perfect Christmas centrepiece!

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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)

Frozen at the peak of perfection

How the cook a whole roast turkey, by Donald Russell.


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


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!


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
Nutritional Values (Typical per 100g)
Energy: 784 kJ / 181 kcal, Fat: 11g, of which Saturates: 3.4g, Carbohydrates: 0.7g, of which Sugars: 0.1g, Fibre: 0g, Protein: 22g, Salt: 0.2g

95% of customers liked this product (659 reviews)

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Superbly succulent, terrifically tasty!
Wonderful. Tasted great. Medium size provided 6 generous portions, and lots of stock from the carcass. I found DR's cooking instructions (text and video) very handy. I'd buy this again!
Great again! Looking forward to having leftovers too. Great consistency year after year.
Because that is what it was worth in my opinion. The turkey was very satisfactory although nothing special It was only reasonable value because I had a £10.00 voucher. I had no complaints but no compliments either.
Best I've tasted in 20 years
Prompt delivery. Best turkey we've had for a long time. Plump and juicy.
Lovely moist turkey. I’ve ordered it before so expected the best.
Followed cooking instructions TO THE LETTER but turkey ready way to early and v v dry Thanks for your comment.

We’re sorry the Free-range Bronze Turkey was not as you anticipated, but thank you for bringing it to our attention. We have now been in touch and resolved this to your satisfaction, but please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
Quality and size was excellent. Instructions clear. Will definitely buy again!
The bird was wad to cook and purple commented that it was the best turkey they'd ever had
The turkey was one of the best we have ever had - so moist and tasty!
Best turkey we have ever eaten. More expensive than the normal ones we buy but we'll worth it for once a year.
Excellent taste, the whole family enjoyed it.
delicious and so much meat on it
Beautiful Christmas beast. Very tasty, great value for a welfare friendly bird. Gorgeous
Best turkey I've ever tasted. Turkey has never been my favourite Christmas bird, but this has converted me.
Good tasty and moist turkey
Cooking instructions were missing and wasn't much on their web site. Result was the turkey was a bit dry.
Very disappointed. I have had better flavoured birds from the supermarket at half the price. We’re sorry the Free Range Bronze Turkey wasn't to your taste, but we appreciate your feedback.

 We have now been in touch and resolved this to your satisfaction, but please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
Third year, never disappoints
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