Turkey Cooking Guide

Your top turkey tips for the big day from Simon, head butcher at the Hawarden Farm shop, North Wales

  • Remove your turkey from the fridge and leave it to stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cooking. 


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan assisted), 200°C (conventional) or Gas Mark 4.


  • Rub butter all over your turkey. Place a peeled onion, a bouquet of herbs, and half a lemon in the cavity. Season it with salt and pepper


  • Place your turkey breast down on a rack in a roasting tin. Cover with foil and place in oven for the recommended time.


  • One hour before the recommended time, remove the foil and turn the bird over so the breast is facing up. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Once the recommended cooking time is reached, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh - if the juices are pink, return to the oven and repeat the procedure at 10 minute intervals.


  • Once cooked, cover with foil and be sure to allow your turkey to rest for 30 to 60 minutes before carving. This really does help to improve the succulence of the meat.