Cooking a turkey

It used to be that cooking a moist and succulent turkey required a day's brining and constant basting during cooking. But, with Tegel's tenderbasted turkey, this process has already been done for you. Use our tips below to cook the perfect turkey for your festive feast.

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Follow these tips to create the perfect turkey. All you have to do is pop it into a pre-heated oven to cook as you would a Roast Chicken, just for longer as the bird is larger.

  • Thaw frozen Turkey in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before cooking.
  • Preheat the oven to 160oand place the turkey breast side up in an oven pan. Do not fan bake as this will unnecessarily dry out the skin and surface meat before the deeper meat is fully cooked.
  • Roast the turkey according to the time stated on the back of the packet or by using the following table as a guide:

    Turkey Size

    Cooking Time

    3.0

    2 hrs 35 mins

    3.5

    2 hrs 40 mins

    4.0

    2 hrs 45 mins

    4.5

    2 hrs 50 mins

    5.0

    2 hrs 55 mins

    5.5

    3 hrs

    6.0

    3 hrs 5 mins

    6.5

    3 hrs 10 mins

  • Let the turkey stand covered for 15 minutes before serving in order to allow the juices to redistribute through the turkey.
  • To check that the turkey is cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the meat. When the juices run clear the bird is cooked.

          

Cooking Tip: Cover the breast and upper thigh with smoked chicken rashers or tin foil to prevent the skin from charring.