Have a #JuicyBird This Year Thanks to Thermapen

Have a #JuicyBird This Year Thanks to Thermapen


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If you’ve used any recipes from my blog you will know that I’m not a great fan of cooking times.  I get asked on events all the time how long something took to cook and I never have an exact answer. It’s usually a vague estimation, but that’s because I don’t cook to time. Cooking times are so outdated and we can all think of an instance when someone has followed a recipe to the letter and the finished dish is over done.

I don’t know when cooking times were devised but working in the industry I’ve asked around and nobody really knows,  but in terms of cooking equipment things have certainly moved on! Ovens are more efficient than ever, and in-terms of meat standards and animal welfare, they are far higher than of our grandparents day, so we can enjoy our roasted meats just cooked, still juicy and succulent…and don’t even get me started on how long parents boil vegetables for!! You’d be better off drinking the pan water than any vegetable that have been boiled for a month of Sundays’!

Regular readers will also know I have been a long time advocated for Thermapen thermometers, as they are my Go To brand for fast and reliable equipment. There aren’t many places I go without at least one in my luggage and there’s always one in the kitchen drawer for those moments when you just need to check the progress of your food.

Thermapen are on a mission this Festive Season to save the Christmas Turkey and have asked me to do a blog on the Perfect Roast Turkey. Their campaign on social media is using the hashtag #JuicyBird so check other posts for useful information and inspirational recipes…but do read the rest of this post first!! 😉

How to Know When To Put The Turkey In The Oven

“Cooking Times” for me ensure I have sufficient time for cooking and resting, but used alone they will result in an overcooked, dry bird on Christmas day! Using cooking times in conjunction with the Thermapen give you the ultimate cooking experience by affording you ample time to cook and rest your Turkey and other meats, while freeing up oven and/or BBQ space to cook the other side dishes to accompany your festive family feast!

Classic cooking times for turkeys are 20 min per 500g plus 20 minutes. Taking the example of a 6kg bird (12 x 500g) the timing would be 4 hours, plus an extra 20 minutes. This is simply far too much time and when cooking to temp I find the bird is cooked in just over half the suggested time!
If you are sitting down to Christmas lunch at 1pm I would put the turkey in the oven at 8:40am. How long the turkey is in the oven is ultimately determined by the internal temperature of the turkey.

Thermapen have given me a discount code for 20% off Christmas orders with the following code ‘Richard-JB20’ valid until Sunday December 15th.
*The offer ends December 15th as this is the last day orders can be taken and Christmas delivery can be guaranteed!

To the Recipe!

Ingredients

  • Turkey (giblets removed)
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 pkt thyme
  • 1/2 pkt rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lemons, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 500g streaky bacon

Method

  1. Pick half of the rosemary and sage, chop and mix with the softened butter. Season with salt and pepper and zest the lemon into the bowl. Combine and set to one-side.
  2. Separate the skin from the crown by running your fingers between the skin and the breast, starting at the leg end, but don’t go all the way through to the neck end or the butter will run out during cooking.
  3. Put half of the butter under the skin on each side of the crown and smooth under the skin. Season the cavity and add the remaining herbs and the lemon and onion pieces.
  4. Lay the bacon over the turkey crown, either in strips or a weave, place the turkey in the roasting tray on a roasting rack and pour 500ml of hot water water in the bottom of the tray. Take a sheet of tinfoil and secure it around the bacon so it doesn’t slide off once the fat warms up.
  5. Preheat your oven to 170c and place the turkey in.
  6. Monitor the turkey every hour until the turkey reaches a core temperature between and 55oC and 60oC.
  7. Remove the foil and bacon and continue cooking to 65oC.
  8. At 65oc remove the turkey from the oven and foil over securely. Layer over 2-3 thick, clean t-towels and reposition the Thermapen in the thickest part of the turkey. Rest for a good hour and watch the internal temperature rise up to 75oC.
  9. Add the resting juices to the gravy. Carve, Serve and Enjoy the Best Turkey of your Life!!

How to Know When To Put The Turkey In The Oven

“Cooking Times” ensure you have sufficient time for cooking and resting,but used alone they will result in an overcooked, dry bird on Christmas day! Using cooking times in conjunction with the Thermapen give you the ultimate cooking experience by affording you ample time to cook and rest your Turkey and other meats, while freeing up oven and/or BBQ space to cook the other side dishes to accompany your festive family feast!

Classic cooking times for turkeys are 20 min per 500g plus 20 minutes. Taking the example of a 6kg bird (12 x 500g) the timing would be 4 hours, plus an extra 20 minutes. If you are sitting down to Christmas lunch at 1pm I would put the turkey in the oven at 8:40am. The rest of the cooking is controlled and ultimately stopped based on the internal temperature of the turkey and this is determined by using you Thermapen. These are truly the fail-safe way to cook your Christmas turkey and ensure the ultimate #JuicyBird

To receive 20% off a new Thermapen use Discount Code Richard-JB20 on the Thermapen website. The offer ends December 15th as this is the last day orders can be taken and Christmas delivery can be guaranteed! I’ve used Thermapen thermometers the last 5 years and never go anywehre

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