Turkey buying guide

Everything you need to know about preparing, cooking
and carving your Christmas turkey

Turkey buying guide, cooking tips, turkey recipes, about our turkeys and instructions on how to carve the turkey | by Waitrose & Partners

Our turkey orders have now closed but we'll be back with another fantastic Christmas range in time for the 2020 festivities


A whole bird is fantastic value and the traditional centrepiece for Christmas.

From the juicy breast meat to the crispy-skin legs, impress your guests with a scrumptious spread. You should have enough meat for leftovers or make a hearty stock and gravy with the bones. 


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Waitrose 1 Free Range Dry Aged Bronze Feathered Turkey


These succulent turkeys need only minimal preparation, are simple to cook and easy to carve. 

They come stuffed, tied and adorned, ready for you to simply pop in the oven for a fuss-free feast.


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Opt for a crown of breast meat on the bone (prepared with or without a leg or wing)
if you prefer a lighter-tasting white meat.

It's also quicker to cook and easier to carve.

Our crowns come in a cooking bag to help
retain the natural juices, making it even
simpler to serve a delicious turkey.


See the recipe for a classic roast turkey crown >


Waitrose 1 Free Range Bronze Feathered Turkey Crown with Prime Wing

Our turkeys are guaranteed to stay fresh until Boxing Day

Turkey Buying Guide_veggie mains

More Christmas mains...
Still can't decide on the menu? We've got plenty more meat and veggie dishes to
inspire you – from a slow-roasted succulent
rib of beef to a Christmas-spiced glazed
ham or a mushroom and chestnut
Wellington if you prefer vegetarian.


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Turkey Buying Guide_welfare

Welfare comes first  
All our turkeys are free range or reared in naturally ventilated houses with bales and perches to climb. This helps them build
strong, healthy legs. We work closely with
our farmers to make sure they uphold our high animal welfare standards and produce the best quality birds.

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