The perfect turkey for Christmas! – Do You Bake
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The perfect turkey for Christmas!


Do you want the perfect turkey for Christmas dinner? There are fewer things more daunting than staring at a gigantic, naked turkey on Christmas morning, especially if you’ve never cooked one before. But it doesn’t have to be all Nightmare Before Christmas! Make a note of the weight of your turkey. Knowing the exact weight will ensure the cooking time is correct, and thus avoid an overcooked and dry bird, or a raw one.
Get your timings right. And don’t forget to leave time for your turkey to rest when it comes out of the oven. Turkeys between 4-6 kg should be rested for 1½ hours, and ones from 6-10 kg can rest for two hours.
You can follow this chart:
Heat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4
4-5kg – cook 2¼ to 2½ hours
5-6kg – cook 2½ to 3 hours
6-7kg – cook 3 hours to 3½ hours
7-8kg – cook 3½ to 4 hours
8-9kg – cook 4 to 4¼ hours
9-10kg – cook 4¼ to 4½ hours


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