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How to Prepare Your Turkey This Holiday

How to Prepare Your Turkey This Holiday

Its nearly turkey time! If you’re planning to purchase a turkey for your holiday dinner, there are some important considerations to make:

  1. How big!?
  2. How long?!
  3. Where and how was the bird raised?!
  4. Just “How!?!” – step by step.

We’ll do our best to answer, with the help of a few awesome food bloggers. Here we go:

How big?!

As you can imagine, this is quite the hot topic this season. Two of our favourite food bloggers – the Kitchn and Jamie Oliver – recommend 1 – 1.5lbs of bone-in turkey per person, depending how many leftovers you’d prefer. They say 1lb per person is plenty for the meal and a few leftovers, and 1.5lbs per person with leave you with a wealth of turkey sandwiches.  Turkeys from Healey Falls Bison Farm range between 10 and 13 lbs – offering you plenty for your small to medium-sized holiday meal (6 – 13 people).

Have a large crowd to feed? Consider cooking two (or more) smaller turkeys to reduce roasting time and ensure plenty of dark meat for everyone!

How long?!

Most people will buy their turkeys frozen – ensure yours is completely thawed before roasting!

Three major considerations here:

  • Thawing time: we recommend 24hrs of refrigerator thawing time for every 5 lbs of turkey.
  • Counter resting time: turkeys should rest on the counter for 2 hours before roasting.
  • Roasting time: 13 mins per pound if roasting empty or 15 mins per pound if stuffed.

We’re thrilled to be partnered with Healey Falls Bison Farm – who’s offering naturally-raised turkeys from their 170 acre farm, just 45 mins east of Peterborough. The take pride in raising animals for high-quality meat, and know you’ll taste the difference!  These naturally-raised turkeys grow more slowly than those that are not free to run around outdoors. This means that they have more flavour and more fat in their muscles, resulting in a better, firmer texture. Food blogger and Chef Jamie Oliver has some great resources to help you prep your turkey a day in advance, so you have plenty of time to celebrate the day of!

Just “How?!?”:

We believe your turkey has the potential to be delicious – again, with the help of our favourite British Chef (sorry Gordon) here’s a great recipe (and video!) to help you with the process:


  • 1  higher-welfare turkey – find yours here!
  • 1 clementine
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 bunch of fresh rosemary (30g)
  • 1 bunch of fresh sage (30g)
  • 12 fresh bay leaves
  • 250 g stuffing
  • 250 g unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1 whole nutmeg , for grating


  • turkey giblets , (optional)
  • 2 onions – find here
  • 2 carrots – find here
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • ½ a bulb of garlic

More recipe details here.

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