Christmas is always a special time of year and the highlight of the day, other than the presents, is the food, so here is our handy guide to the different types of turkey we have available to make your Christmas dinner the best meal of the year.
The full bird. Contains both white and dark meat. Perfect for stuffing. Makes a spectacular centrepiece for your Christmas table.
The breast meat on the bone with the legs removed. For those who only want the white meat but still like to cook on the bone. These can also be stuffed.
Just the breast meat without the bones. For those looking for something smaller, quicker to cook and a bit more convenient.
These are our premium choice birds. Free-range bronze turkeys which are slow grown, hand-plucked and game hung for 2 weeks for superior flavour and texture. The benefit of a fuller life is their dense meat and superior fat cover. This natural fat layer not only makes traditional dry plucking possible, but it means Copas Turkeys don’t need to be basted, buttered or covered with bacon to retain their succulence. These turkeys also have a superior meat to weight ratio, meaning that a smaller bird will feed more people.
Available as Whole Bird, Crown or Breast Roast, all come beautifully boxed with herbs, recipe leaflet and a handy pop up timer. Whole Birds and Crowns also come with giblets, perfect for making gravy.
We also have Copas Geese and Chicken available. We would recommend the Copas chicken as an alternative to the Gartmorn Capon we previously sold.
These white turkeys are reared on the Bailey family farm where they passionately believe that breed, rearing and welfare are all key to a great tasting bird. They allow their turkeys to reach full maturity so they remain succulent, tender and moist when roasted.
Available as Whole Birds, they come in their own box with giblets included.
These are our alternative to the Gartmorn turkeys we previously sold. Gartmorn are no longer breeding white turkeys so we are now working with the Bailey family who adhere to the high welfare standards that are so important to us and come highly recommended.
grade A breast roast
These are prepared in house at Hugh Black & Sons factory in Bathgate. If you are looking for something convenient and easy to cook at a reasonable price, then this is the perfect product for you. Comes complete with a handy pop-up timer.
If you are unsure how to cook your turkey, we would recommend looking online where you are sure to find something to suit your needs and cooking ability. The BBC website has several which are easy to follow: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/turkey-recipes.
Copas turkey products also come with their own cooking instructions which we have found to be very accurate.
Here are a few tips to bear in mind when you are cooking your turkey:
- Your turkey will cook more evenly and faster if you start it out at room temperature so remove the turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting.
- If you have stuffed your turkey or crown, be sure to add the weight of the stuffing when calculating your cooking time.
- Make sure that your oven is at the correct temperature before cooking.
- We cannot overstate the importance of resting your turkey after roasting. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes (just make sure that you sit it on something that will catch the juices. Nobody wants to spend Christmas day mopping the floor!).
Please note that if you order a turkey product for Collection after the 25th of December it will be frozen. We will remove your turkey from the freezer the day before collection.
So there it is, we hope that this guide helps you make your choice. Now the only decision left is, who gets to carve?