Bronze turkey

Bronze turkey

Order a premium dry-plucked Free Range Bronze turkey, the 'Rolls Royce' of table birds, and give your family a real treat this Christmas; a slightly more 'gamey' flavour than our traditional Barn Reared White bird. Please order the size you require, shipping is £7.50 to all Cornish postcodes and will be applied automatically during the checkout process. Unfortunately, due to courier regulations, we cannot deliver outside of Cornwall at the moment.

Your bird will be delivered by our courier on Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd December, please refrigerate until the day you intend to cook.

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White turkey

White turkey

Our traditional dry-plucked Barn Reared White Turkeys are, like our Bronze Turkeys, grown for twice as long as a standard supermarket bird, this ensures that they have time to lay down plenty of flavour. Please order the size you require, shipping is £7.50 to all Cornish postcodes and will be applied automatically during the checkout process. Unfortunately, due to courier regulations, we cannot deliver outside of Cornwall at the moment.

Your bird will be delivered by our courier on Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd December, please refrigerate until the day you intend to cook.

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Our dry-plucked turkeys –
the secrets of success

Hand reared traditional white turkeys

The secret of a great tasting turkey is time; time spent breeding the right birds, allowing those slow growing birds the time lay down fat as well as muscle, and then dry-plucking them to enable as much hanging time as possible – this allows the full flavour to develop, a flavour far removed from the bland, dry meat of a conventional supermarket bird.

Whether you choose a traditional white or the luxuriously plumaged bronze your Banbury's turkey arrives as a day old chick from the most highly regarded breeders, Kelly Turkeys, specially selected from a breeding line that has been developed to be slow growing and full of flavour.

The birds are then hand-reared from day one, the whites living in light, airy, low-density barns and the bronzes allowed to roam outside in the pasture as soon as they are old enough. The feed used is local cereal and vegetable protein as well as what the birds find outside and they mature slowly with absolutely no other input (no drugs or growth promoters).

The bronze bird really is the Rolls-Royce of turkeys, there is a slight price premium to pay but that is rewarded by an unsurpassed succulence and rounded flavour.

Our farm houses a small processing unit that is independently inspected to ensure compliance with food hygiene regulations. The turkeys suffer none of the stress of transportation that so many do, they are all dealt with on site in the week before Christmas, hung to let the flavour develop and kept chilled at below 3°C to ensure they reach your dinner table in perfect condition.

If you would like to stock our turkeys in your retail outlet or serve our delicious birds to your hotel or restaurant diners please call us on 01841 540336 or email info@banburysturkeys.co.uk


Free range turkeys

Your Christmas
dinner –the secrets
of success

Once you get your bird home please handle it carefully, remove the giblets from the bird, place in a separate container and put both turkey and giblets in the refrigerator.

To get the best out of you bird on the special day remove it from the fridge leave to stand for 2 hours before cooking.

There are numerous good references for cooking the perfect turkey but there are one or two tricks we have learned over the years when cooking our own turkeys that ensure a successful Christmas dinner.

Place breast down in a roasting tin, this is because most of the fat deposits are on the back of the bird which will percolate down through the breast keeping it moist and filling the breast meat with flavour. Season the back of the bird with salt and pepper and place an onion in the body cavity for extra flavour. If using the giblets for gravy place in the pan to cook with the bird.

Cooking the turkey ‘upside down’ should help to keep it moist but a foil tent around it will guarantee that any moisture is kept in. Either way the turkey can be uncovered and turned (very carefully) breast side up to crisp the skin for the final half hour.

Cooking times
Many of the problems with dry turkeys are caused by overcooking – if the oven is at the right temperature and the turkey doesn't go in ‘fridge cold’ then the following times should apply.

Preheat oven to 180°C (Gas mark 4)

Cook for 20 minutes per kg and add 90 minutes cooking time at the end. For example:

Turkey weight Cooking time at 180°C Rest time
4kg (8lb 13oz) 2hrs 50mins 30 mins
5kg (11lb 0oz) 3hrs 10mins 30 mins
6kg (13lb 4oz) 3hrs 30mins 30 mins
7kg (15lb 7oz) 3hrs 50mins 30 mins
8kg (17lb 10oz) 4hrs 10mins 30 mins
9kg (19lb 13oz) 4hrs 30mins 30 mins
10kg (22lb 1oz) 4hrs 50mins 30 mins
11kg (24lb 4oz) 5hrs 10mins 30 mins

Our turkeys are accompanied by a pop-up turkey timer, insert the timer fully into the breast ½ to ¾ of an inch from the breast bone taking care not to touch any bone. When the timer pops up the turkey should be cooked through.

To ensure the turkey is cooked through insert a skewer into the deepest part of the thigh and when juices run clear remove from the oven. If the juices are still pink place back into the oven and keep checking at ten-minute intervals.

This is crucial; allow to stand for 30 minutes before carving, this allows the juices to settle back into the bird, the meat to relax and makes the bird much easier to carve. The stock left in the bottom of the pan is simply the best for making gravy. The simplest thing to do is to skim the excess fat from the top of the stock and scrape all the delicious crispy bits off the bottom of the roasting tin. Reheat the stock and carve the meat into the stock before serving. The liver can also be mashed into the stock to enrich the gravy.