Prepare and cook your festive feast
The star of the show
We all worry about buying, preparing and cooking our turkey but this year we’ve strived to make the whole process as stress-free as possible. Our food technologists have spent months cooking hundreds of turkeys to find the perfect combination of cooking time and temperature - and rest-assured, we only buy turkeys from farmers we know and trust.
- Delivery is free when you spend £50 with Waitrose – just choose your time slot and we'll bring your turkey to you.
- The last ordering date for Christmas turkeys is 15 December, but Christmas slots get booked up early, so please order in good time. Or you can collect for free from branch (no minimum spend).
- Don't forget you can add your turkey to your grocery order, so why not get your entire Christmas dinner delivered FREE in one go?
Preparing your turkey and seasonal meat
If you're not sure how to prepare your turkey or glaze your ham, then watch our simple guides to make Christmas day hassle-free (or as near as possible!).
Learn how to stuff citrus butter under the skin of your Christmas turkey, to make it extra tasty and succulent. With Gordon McDermott from the Waitrose Cookery School.
Learn how to stuff the neck cavity of your Christmas turkey with sausagemeat. With Gordon McDermott from the Waitrose Cookery School.
Learn how to carve your Christmas turkey like the experts. With Gordon McDermott from the Waitrose Cookery School.
Learn how to glaze and bake a tasty ham, perfect for Christmas
Preparing your goose
If you're planning to cook a goose for the first time this year (or would like a little advice!) then watch our guides on how to cook and carve this traditional Christmas bird.
Jon Jones from the Waitrose Cookery School shows you just easy it is to roast a magnificent goose for your Christmas table.
Learn how to expertly carve a goose with Jon Jones from the Waitrose Cookery School.
What’s your type?
Not sure which whole turkey to buy? Here’s a quick guide:
essential waitrose turkeys are brilliant value and offer high welfare standards and succulent meat. They come in our biggest sizes to feed 8-16 people.
Free range plumpie turkeys are a slow-growing, white-feathered breed. With free access to open pastures, they’re known for their succulent, well-flavoured breast meat and have a milder taste than our other free range birds.
Free range Bronze-feathered turkeys are a traditional, slow-growing breed, with a deep, slightly gamey flavour, and succulent, firm-textured meat.
Bits on the side
Christmas dinner wouldn’t be the same without stuffing and chipolatas. You can include garnishes when you order your turkey on waitrose.com/entertaining - and also add any grocery items - so that everything arrives together.
Here are a few of our favourites: