Top Free Range Turkey Tips

Top Free Range Turkey Tips

Christmas comes just once a year and it seems to be starting earlier and earlier, and this year is no different. So why not get prepared with a little help from your favourite Local Butcher!

We get it. You want to get your Christmas day feast just right; the fluffy Roast Potatoes, Tremendous Trimmings and Glorious Gravy (Hint: Use our Homemade Gravy & pass it off as your own!) plus, the centrepiece that everyone looks forward to... the perfect Christmas Turkey!

We are once again proud to offer Yorkshire Bred Bronze Turkey's from Edward Wilkinson's family Farm in Yorkshire. Here are our Top Turkey Tips for cooking up that juicy, Tasty Turkey to be the showstopper of your Christmas dinner this year.

Tip 1 – choose the best quality turkey

Edward Wilkinson and his Family in Easingwold in North Yorkshire, raise their Free Range Turkeys on a unique herb-based diet.

In order to enjoy the best possible tasting Turkey, its all about buying the best quality and with both the Free Range Flocks enjoying the fresh Yorkshire air, plus their unique herb diet – you can’t get any better in quality!

Edward says that at Herb Fed; We focus on improving the birds’ diet, quality of life and ultimately taste. Our ultimate aim is to produce a bird with taste, producing poultry of quality, but with a special difference that sets it apart from others. We started out because we could also see the shift from mass produced supermarket meat, to a call for provenance, traceability and high welfare.”

Edward has also won many awards for their Christmas turkey, including Great Taste Awards 2019 & 2020 so you know you have guaranteed quality when you buy from us at Turnbull's. 

Tip 2 – Buy the right size of turkey

Every year we are faced with the same puzzle: wanting to have enough turkey to feed the hungry diners at the table and also having enough for delicious leftovers the next day, but not wanting to buy too much either. Here's our Hand Guide to help you choose the right Turkey: 

Free Range Bronze Turkeys

  • Small (4.5kg+) Feeds: 6-8 
  • Medium (6kg+) Feed: 8-10
  • Large (7kg+) Feeds: 10-12
  • X-Large (8kg+) Feeds: 12-16

Tip 3 – How to cook your Free Range Turkey

Our cooking guide can also be found on our website here. So, no more frantically leafing through the pages of recipes books amidst the other chaos in the kitchen! Make sure you have some of Streaky Bacon on hand to cover the bird to maximise the flavour! 

Click to download Cooking Guide

Tip 4 – Think about those tasty leftovers

So, the Christmas dinner has been a huge success, the turkey was delicious and juicy, your guests are full of praise and no one went home hungry. But then Boxing Day morning arrives and the leftover turkey can be enjoyed once again.

Everyone has their own favourite leftover traditions, perhaps a turkey curry or a turkey soup, or just simply cold cuts and chutney in a scrumptious turkey sandwich. But perhaps you fancy trying something different this year? Browse Butcher Dan's Recipe Vault 

So there we have our top turkey tips on how to cook up and enjoy the best Christmas turkey for your guests. 

We wish you a safe, happy and healthy Christmas,

Mark & the Team at Turmbull's