Cooking Tips

The reputation of Copas Turkeys is built around their eating quality & we simply wouldn't be doing our job properly if we didn’t share our cooking secrets!

Although preparing your Christmas turkey is a very individual thing, dependent on personal taste & kitchen finesse, we do believe that with over 50 years experience, we have found the best method possible for turkeys of our quality.

Since a top quality turkey should be the easiest bird to cook, each Copas Turkey comes with cooking instructions & a no-nonsense timer, making the task of cooking your turkey 'fowl proof' for a stress-free Christmas day.

Please follow the links below for further instructions on preparing & cooking a turkey:

Preparation

Turkey or Turkey Crown

  • Remove our traceability wing label (if present) & place your turkey, breast side down in a roasting tin. (Cooking breast side down until the last half hour keeps the breast meat succulent while the brown meat cooks evenly). There is no need to use butter or bacon on a Copas Turkey.
  • Quarter a peeled onion & a cored Cox's apple. Place both in the body cavity of the turkey.
  • If stuffing your turkey, fill the neck cavity only & recalculate your total cooking time to include the extra weight of the stuffing. Stuffing can also be cooked separately, but we do not recommend stuffing the body cavity.
  • Insert your pop-up cooking timer at a point approx 3cm to the right or left of the front tip of the breastbone. The timer should not touch any bone.
  • Sprinkle salt & pepper over the turkey & cover with foil.

Breast Roast

  • Remove plastic packaging (but not the netting) & place right side up in the roasting tray provided.
  • Insert the Pop-up cooking timer in the centre at the top.
  • Sprinkle with salt & pepper, cover with foil & place foil tray on a sturdy baking tray, for ease when taking in & out of the oven.

Cooking – Turkey or Crown

Conventional or Fan Oven

  • Follow our PREPARATION tips & pre-heat the oven to 230°C/450°F/Gas 8 (or 210°C for fan ovens). Cook your turkey at this temperature for the first 30 mins & then lower the oven temperature to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 (or 170°C for fan ovens). Total cooking time will be approximately 30-35 mins per kg.
  • Approximately 30mins before the full cooking time, remove foil & turn the bird over carefully, using poultry forks, so the breast bronzes.
Weight Full Cooking Time   Weight Full Cooking Time
2kg 1hr 15mins   7kg 3hr 40mins
3kg 1hr 45mins   8kg 4hrs
4kg 2hr 35mins   9kg 4hr 25mins
5kg 2hr 55mins   10kg 4hr 45mins
6kg 3hr 15mins   11kg 5hrs
  • Do not overcook your turkey - it should be moist & succulent. It will be ready when the juices run clear when tested with a fork (plunge into the deepest part of the thigh or breast), or when your pop-up cooking timer has popped! If using a thermometer, the internal cooked temperature will be 165°F/74°C.

Aga Oven

  • For a 2-door Aga, follow the cooking times above using the top roasting oven only. For a 4-door Aga, follow the cooking times using the top roasting oven for the first 30 mins & then move to the baking oven for the remainder of the cooking.

These instructions should be used as a guideline only. Cooking times will vary according to the weight of turkey, methods used (e.g. not using foil will reduce cooking times) & your oven type.

Cooking – Breast Roast

Conventional or Fan Oven

  • Follow our PREPARATION tips & pre-heat the oven to 230°C/450°F/Gas 8. Cook your breast roast at this temperature for the first 20 mins & then lower the oven temperature to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 or 170°C for fan ovens. Total cooking time will be approximately 50 mins per kg as follows.
  • Approximately half an hour before the full cooking time, remove foil so that the breast bronzes.
  • Please note that whilst every care is taken to remove bones from Copas Turkey Breast Roasts, some may remain.
Weight Full Cooking Time
1kg 50mins
2kg 1hr 40mins
3kg 2hr 30mins
4kg+ 3hr 20mins+
  • Do not overcook your turkey roast - it should be moist & succulent. Your turkey will be ready when the juices run clear when tested with a fork, or when your Copas Turkey pop-up cooking timer has popped!

Aga Oven

  • For a 2-door Aga, follow the cooking times above using the top roasting oven only. For a 4-door Aga, follow the cooking times using the top roasting oven for the first 30 mins & then move to the baking oven for the remainder of the cooking.

These instructions should be used as a guideline only. Cooking times will vary according to the weight of turkey, methods used (e.g. not using foil will reduce cooking times) & your oven type.

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