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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.

We think you can't beat a delicious fresh turkey for the perfect roast dinner. However, we know that sometimes it’s easier to use a frozen turkey. So follow our simple guide to defrosting to ensure you make the most out of your bird.

Our Turkey Timer will help you work out how long it will take to defrost your turkey.

Remember that changes in temperature where the turkey is stored will affect thawing times and whether the turkey defrosts properly or is kept cold enough. Try to keep the temperature as constant as possible.

Remember to wash your hands before and after handling raw poultry and to clean the work surface.

To check your turkey is completely thawed out, have a look inside the body and check there are no ice crystals remaining and also wiggle the legs to ensure these are flexible. Once defrosted, remove your turkey from the packaging. Then remove the giblets and neck from inside the turkey and store separately in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use for making gravy. Cover the turkey with foil and place in a dish at the base of the refrigerator to keep cool until you are ready for cooking.

Do not refreeze once defrosted.


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