Good Housekeeping reveals the best Turkeys for Christmas 2021

Good Housekeeping’s pick of the best Christmas turkeys: Online butcher Pipers Farm takes the top spot with its £78.95 birdwhile Iceland’s £16.99 crown is best for small festive feasts

  • Aldi and Iceland have beaten upmarket rivals in Good Housekeeping turkey test
  • GHI tried 23 crowns and birds in a quest to find the most delicious for 2021
  • Top gong went to online butcher Pipers Farm, who were praised for their ‘incredibly moist, rich, flavoursomecentrepiece which cost £78.95 for 4.5kg
  • Aldi and Iceland have beaten upmarket rivals including Waitrose and M&S in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s 2021 turkey taste test.

    The GHI tried 23 crowns and whole birds in a quest to find the most delicious variety of 圣诞 turkey for the big dayhoping to find a bird that’s moist, and has a mix of white and brown meat.

    Cooking them according to the brand’s instructions and serving them ‘blindto a panel of 10 taste testers, there was a mix of birds, from supermarkets and online butchers, in a variety of weights.

    The top gong went to upmarket butcher Pipers Farm, who were praised for their ‘incredibly moist, rich, flavoursomecentrepiece which cost £78.95 for 4.5kg.

    与此同时, budget supermarkets Aldi and Iceland also nabbed prices, with Iceland Luxury Extra Tasty Turkey Crown (2.2公斤, £16) praised for being ‘succulent and firm’ 而, Aldi’s Specially Selected Roast in the Bag Free Range Stuffed Roly Poly Bronze Turkey Crown (£15.99/kg) was lauded for it’s ‘sweet, salty skin’.

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    Good HBEST turkeys for Christmas 2021 including options from Aldi, Iceland and Asda

    Best whole turkey: Pipers Farm Free Range Bronze Turkey

    Runner-up whole turkey: Tesco Finest British Free Range Heritage Narragansett Whole Turkey

    Best turkey crown: Pipers Farm Properly Free Turkey Crown

    Joint best organic whole turkey: Daylesford Organic Turkey Boned, Rolled & Stuffed

    Joint best organic whole turkey: Eversfield Norfolk Black Organic Turkey

    Joint best turkey crown for smaller gatherings : Iceland Luxury Extra Tasty Turkey Crown

    Joint best turkey crown for smaller gatherings: Tesco Finest British Free Range Bronze Stuffed Crown with Tender Cooked Stuffed Thigh

    Joint best turkey crown for smaller gatherings: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bronze Turkey Crown with Sage & Onion Stuffing

    Best luxury turkey crown: Mortons Free Range Bronze Turkey Crown

    Best for both white and dark meaŤ: Farmison Dorset Bronze Whole Turkey

    Best budget organic turke和: Co-op Irresistible Organic Pembrokeshire TurkeyBest for pop-up timer: Copas Whole Free Range Bronze Turkey

    Best Kelly Bronze turkey: Kelly Bronze Organic Turkey

    Best turkey for caramelised skin: Aldi Specially Selected Free Range Organic Pembrokeshire Bronze Turkey​​

    Best turkey for rich, gamey flavours: 怀特罗斯 & Partners Free Range Bronze Feathered Whole Turkey with Giblets

    Best smoked bacon wrapped turkey crown: 中号&S The Perfect Turkey Crown

    Joint best roast in the bag turkey crown: Morrisons The Best Stuffed Turkey Crown

    Joint best roast in the bag turkey crown: ASDA Extra Special Free Range & Corn Fed Stuffed Turkey Crown

    Joint best roast in the bag turkey crown: Aldi Specially Selected Roast in the Bag Free Range Stuffed Roly Poly Bronze Turkey Crown

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    BEST WHOLE TURKEY

    Pipers Farm Free Range Bronze Turkey 4.5-12.5kg, from £78.95

    分数: 81/100

    Serves: 5-6

    WHAT IS IT: Family-run Pipers Farm, who have a handful of small-scale 40-acre farms in Devon, 多塞特郡, Somerset and Cornwall took the top gong for best turkey. It's suitable for gatherings of up to 25 人, the whole turkey is a traditional slow-growing breed which thrives outdoors on a natural diet.

    WHAT IS IT: Family-run Pipers Farm, who have a handful of small-scale 40-acre farms in Devon, 多塞特郡, Somerset and Cornwall took the top gong for best turkey. It’s suitable for gatherings of up to 25 人, the whole turkey is a traditional slow-growing breed which thrives outdoors on a natural diet.

    WHAT IS IT: Family-run Pipers Farm, who have a handful of small-scale 40-acre farms in Devon, 多塞特郡, Somerset and Cornwall took the top gong for best turkey.

    It’s suitable for gatherings of up to 25 人, the whole turkey is a traditional slow-growing breed which thrives outdoors on a natural diet.

    JUDGES SAID: Judges praised the delicious bird for being stuffed with sage and rosemary and described it as ‘incredibly moist with a rich, flavoursome skin. 一说: ‘A worthy centrepiece for your Christmas dinner feast this year.

    RUNNER-UP

    Tesco Finest British Free Range Heritage Narragansett Whole Turkey 5.26kg-6.51kg, £65.10

    分数: 79/100

    Serves: 13-15

    WHAT IS IT: Tesco Finest Narragansett turkeys are reared in East Anglia with traditional farming methods, their environment and a varied, nutritious diet makes the meat full flavoured and naturally self basting, so it stays wonderfully succulent as it cooks

    WHAT IS IT: Tesco Finest Narragansett turkeys are reared in East Anglia with traditional farming methods, their environment and a varied, nutritious diet makes the meat full flavoured and naturally self basting, so it stays wonderfully succulent as it cooks

    WHAT IS IT: Tesco Finest Narragansett turkeys are reared in East Anglia with traditional farming methods, their environment and a varied, nutritious diet makes the meat full flavoured and naturally self basting, so it stays wonderfully succulent as it cooks.

    JUDGES SAID: ‘Our panel thought it would make the ultimate Boxing Day sandwich, with its gamey, salty notes.

    ‘The meat was perfectly moist, however some felt the skin was a little chewy

    BEST TURKEY CROWN

    Pipers Farm Properly Free Turkey Crown 3-4kg, £58.50-£78

    分数: 76/100

    Serves 5-8

    WHAT IS IT: Aimed at those catering for a smaller crowd, needing space in the oven, or simply prefer the white meat of the bird, these Piper's Farm birds are grown who have a handful of small-scale 40-acre farms in Devon, 多塞特郡, Somerset and Cornwall.

    WHAT IS IT: Aimed at those catering for a smaller crowd, needing space in the oven, or simply prefer the white meat of the bird, these Piper’s Farm birds are grown who have a handful of small-scale 40-acre farms in Devon, 多塞特郡, Somerset and Cornwall.

    WHAT IS IT: Aimed at those catering for a smaller crowd, needing space in the oven, or simply prefer the white meat of the bird, these Pipers Farm birds are grown who have a handful of small-scale 40-acre farms in Devon, 多塞特郡, Somerset and Cornwall.

    JUDGES SAID: ‘The animals eat a totally natural diet, before being dry-plucked by hand and hung for at least 12 天. 结果? Impressively juicy meat under evenly crisped golden skin.

    ‘One tester said the caramelised exterior had so much flavour it reminded them of pork crackling.

    ‘Despite being a crown, the brand has also included the wings and giblets, should you want to make gravy from scratch

    JOINT BEST ORGANIC WHOLE TURKEY

    Daylesford Organic Turkey Boned, Rolled & Stuffed 6kg, £175

    分数: 75/100

    Serves: 10-12

    WHAT IS IT: Daylesford's butchers have deboned a whole organic Daylesford Turkey (wings and drumsticks left intact), stuffed it with flavourful organic cranberry and thyme turkey sausagemeat stuffing before tying it back up with butchers' string to create a showstopping centrepiece for your festive table.

    WHAT IS IT: Daylesford’s butchers have deboned a whole organic Daylesford Turkey (wings and drumsticks left intact), stuffed it with flavourful organic cranberry and thyme turkey sausagemeat stuffing before tying it back up with butchersstring to create a showstopping centrepiece for your festive table.

    WHAT IS IT: Daylesford’s butchers have deboned a whole organic Daylesford Turkey (wings and drumsticks left intact), stuffed it with flavourful organic cranberry and thyme turkey sausagemeat stuffing before tying it back up with butchersstring to create a showstopping centrepiece for your festive table.

    JUDGES SAID: ‘Daylesford’s bird is deboned and stuffed with sweet cranberry and thyme sausagemeat, ready for you to pop straight in the oven, and making it easier to carve.

    ‘It was the skin that caught our tester’s eye, which crisped up beautifully and created a caramelised effect. Reminding some of slow-cooked brisket, the tender brown meat was particularly rich and gamey’.

    JOINT BEST ORGANIC WHOLE TURKEY

    Eversfield Norfolk Black Organic Turkey 6.5-7kg, £19.95/kg

    分数: 75/100

    Serves 15

    WHAT IS IT: 'The Norfolk Black turkey is one of the original breeds, and Eversfield's is the picture-perfect centrepiece made at Dartmoor National Park, fed organic cereals and allowed to graze the pasture rich meadows.

    WHAT IS IT: ‘The Norfolk Black turkey is one of the original breeds, and Eversfield’s is the picture-perfect centrepiece made at Dartmoor National Park, fed organic cereals and allowed to graze the pasture rich meadows.

    WHAT IS IT: ‘The Norfolk Black turkey is one of the original breeds, and Eversfield’s is the picture-perfect centrepiece made at Dartmoor National Park, fed organic cereals and allowed to graze the pasture rich meadows.

    JUDGES SAID: ‘One tester described the skin as unlike any they’d tried before — crisp, salty and moreish — and it was perfectly seasoned, encasing moist meat within.

    JOINT BEST TURKEY CROWN FOR SMALLER GATHERINGS

    Iceland Luxury Extra Tasty Turkey Crown 2.2kg, £16

    分数: 75/100

    Serves: 6-8

    WHAT IS IT: Frozen boneless skin on turkey crown with added water topped with a sunflower oil, herb and spice marinade.

    WHAT IS IT: Frozen boneless skin on turkey crown with added water topped with a sunflower oil, herb and spice marinade.

    WHAT IS IT: Frozen boneless skin on turkey crown with added water topped with a sunflower oil, herb and spice marinade.

    JUDGES SAID: ‘Iceland’s oven-ready bird arrives wrapped in baking parchment to keep it moist during cooking.

    ‘The instructions advise opening the paper 10 minutes before the end to allow the skin to crisp, however our panel found this resulted in uneven browning.

    '尽管如此, the meat was succulent and firm, and the addition of turkey stock boosted the natural flavour.

    JOINT BEST TURKEY CROWN FOR SMALLER GATHERINGS

    Tesco Finest British Free Range Bronze Stuffed Crown with Tender Cooked Stuffed Thigh 2.1kg, 35 英镑

    分数: 75/100

    Serves 6-10

    WHAT IS IT: A crown is finished with crisp streaky bacon and includes a generously seasoned gluten-free pork, sage and onion stuffing ball.

    WHAT IS IT: A crown is finished with crisp streaky bacon and includes a generously seasoned gluten-free pork, sage and onion stuffing ball.

    WHAT IS IT: A crown is finished with crisp streaky bacon and includes a generously seasoned gluten-free pork, sage and onion stuffing ball.

    JUDGES SAID: Testers found both cuts were moist, soft and tender, but although the skin, bacon and stuffing ball achieved a well-browned shade, the thighs lacked the same caramelisation.

    JOINT BEST TURKEY CROWN FOR SMALLER GATHERINGS

    Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bronze Turkey Crown with Sage & Onion Stuffing 2-2.49kg, £44-54.78

    分数: 75/100

    Serves 6-8

    WHAT IS IT : A fresh free-range turkey is slow-reared, meaning a better life for the animal, and a delicious product on Christmas Day. This oven - ready turkey crown is a real taste of Christmas. It's filled with a Pork, sage and onion stuffing and topped with oak smoked streaky bacon lattice. Simply cook in the bag for extra succulence.

    WHAT IS IT : A fresh free-range turkey is slow-reared, meaning a better life for the animal, and a delicious product on Christmas Day. This ovenready turkey crown is a real taste of Christmas. It’s filled with a Pork, sage and onion stuffing and topped with oak smoked streaky bacon lattice. Simply cook in the bag for extra succulence.

    WHAT IS IT: A fresh free-range turkey is slow-reared, meaning a better life for the animal, and a delicious product on Christmas Day. This ovenready turkey crown is a real taste of Christmas. It’s filled with a Pork, sage and onion stuffing and topped with oak smoked streaky bacon lattice. Simply cook in the bag for extra succulence.

    JUDGES SAID: Although the panel found this turkey to be slightly dry in areas, overall they were impressed by the flavour boost from the crisp, streaky smoked bacon arranged in a pretty lattice, alongside the sweet and salty herb stuffing.

    BEST FOR BOTH WHITE AND DARK MEAT

    Farmison Dorset Bronze Whole Turkey 5kg, £88

    分数: 73/100

    Serves 6

    WHAT IS IT: Farmison's plump, glossy bird promise the succulence and rich character required for a classic and memorable centrepiece/

    WHAT IS IT: Farmison’s plump, glossy bird promise the succulence and rich character required for a classic and memorable centrepiece/

    WHAT IS IT: Farmison’s plump, glossy bird promise the succulence and rich character required for a classic and memorable centrepiece/

    The farm uses heritage breed Devon Bronze turkeys for the ample quantities of both breast and dark meat, and we include the giblets for making a traditional gravy perfect for the Christmas table

    JUDGES SAID: Our testers enjoyed the fresh grassy notes and simple salt and pepper seasoning, 太.

    BEST BUDGET ORGANIC TURKEY

    Co-op Irresistible Organic Pembrokeshire Turkey 4-5.5kg, £45, in store only

    分数: 73/100

    Serves 6-8

    WHAT IS IT: A large organic turkey is slow-reared in Wales and available from Co-op.

    WHAT IS IT: A large organic turkey is slow-reared in Wales and available from Co-op.

    WHAT IS IT: A large organic turkey is slow-reared in Wales and available from Co-op.

    JUDGES SAID: It had an enjoyable rich and gamey flavour, however was slightly let down by the texture of the white meat, which was a bit dry in places.

    然而, it’s worth noting that our experts found the brand’s cooking guidelines to be slightly out of kilter, taking it out of the oven 45 minutes prior to the expected finish time to save it from burning.

    BEST FOR POP-UP TIMER

    Copas Whole Free Range Bronze Turkey 4kg, £77

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 6

    WHAT IS IT : Free range, hand-plucked and game-hung for two weeks, Copas' boxed birds come with the giblets for gravy, fresh rosemary, a detailed recipe leaflet and a handy pop-up timer.

    WHAT IS IT : Free range, hand-plucked and game-hung for two weeks, Copasboxed birds come with the giblets for gravy, fresh rosemary, a detailed recipe leaflet and a handy pop-up timer.

    WHAT IS IT: Free range, hand-plucked and game-hung for two weeks, Copasboxed birds come with the giblets for gravy, fresh rosemary, a detailed recipe leaflet and a handy pop-up timer.

    WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: The panel thought it was a lovely looking centrepiece with a delicious salty aroma. 然而, some found the flavour a little muted, and while the dark meat was moist and tender, the skin was a little too rich and oily for others.

    BEST KELLY BRONZE TURKEY

    Kelly Bronze Organic Turkey 6-7kg, £105

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 8-9

    WHAT IS IT: The organic Kelly Bronze is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of turkeys, as they're treated with the utmost care prior to slaughter/

    WHAT IS IT: The organic Kelly Bronze is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of turkeys, as they’re treated with the utmost care prior to slaughter/

    WHAT IS IT: The organic Kelly Bronze is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of turkeys, as they’re treated with the utmost care prior to slaughter/

    JUDGES SAID: ‘Although our testers thought the skin needed to crisp up a little more, they enjoyed the savoury if slightly oily meat within.

    BEST FOR CARAMELISED SKIN

    Aldi Specially Selected Free Range Organic Pembrokeshire Bronze Turkey 4-6kg, £9.99/kilo, in store only

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 6-8

    WHAT IS IT: Slow-reared and organic, a high-quality turkey on a budget. Pictured is an Aldi Turkey

    WHAT IS IT: Slow-reared and organic, a high-quality turkey on a budget. Pictured is an Aldi Turkey

    WHAT IS IT: Slow-reared and organic, a high-quality turkey on a budget.

    JUDGES SAID: ‘It achieved an impressive caramelised skin, although some found it a touch chewy, and while there were pleasant gamey notes, the breast meat somewhat lacked flavour.

    BEST TURKEY FOR RICH, GAMEY FLAVOURS

    怀特罗斯 & Partners Free Range Bronze Feathered Whole Turkey with Giblets 4-6kg, from £49

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 8

    WHAT IS IT : Bronze feathered turkeys are renowned for their tender, rich and flavourful meat. Perfect for satisfying a small crowd at Christmas, these turkeys are naturally slower growing for a fuller flavour, foraging at will in open pastures.

    WHAT IS IT : Bronze feathered turkeys are renowned for their tender, rich and flavourful meat. Perfect for satisfying a small crowd at Christmas, these turkeys are naturally slower growing for a fuller flavour, foraging at will in open pastures.

    WHAT IS IT: Bronze feathered turkeys are renowned for their tender, rich and flavourful meat. Perfect for satisfying a small crowd at Christmas, these turkeys are naturally slower growing for a fuller flavour, foraging at will in open pastures.

    JUDGES SAID: Here’s a beautiful-looking bird with glistening skin and juicy, decadent meat for gatherings of around eight people. Moreish, rich and gamey, the dark meat particularly impressed our testers, and while the overall flavours were good, they felt a touch more seasoning wouldn’t have gone amiss.

    BEST SMOKED BACON WRAPPED TURKEY CROWN

    中号&S The Perfect Turkey Crown 2.9kg, £55

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 6-8

    WHAT IS IT: This crown has goose-fat butter, a bouquet garni and a pork, chestnut, cranberry and sloe gin stuffing, and it's wrapped in apple wood-cured bacon. 加, it comes with a roast-chicken stock sachet for your gravy.

    WHAT IS IT: This crown has goose-fat butter, a bouquet garni and a pork, chestnut, cranberry and sloe gin stuffing, and it’s wrapped in apple wood-cured bacon. 加, it comes with a roast-chicken stock sachet for your gravy.

    WHAT IS IT: This crown has goose-fat butter, a bouquet garni and a pork, chestnut, cranberry and sloe gin stuffing, and it’s wrapped in apple wood-cured bacon. 加, it comes with a roast-chicken stock sachet for your gravy.

    JUDGES SAID: Testers were impressed, finding the powerful sweet pork, chestnut and thyme stuffing the ideal accompaniment to classic turkey meat. Crisp, flakey bacon adds a salty note, with a bunch of herbs in the centre for added flavour.

    JOINT BEST ROAST IN THE BAG TURKEY CROWN

    Morrisons The Best Stuffed Turkey Crown 1.8-2.2kg, from £30.60

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 4-6

    WHAT IS IT : Roast in the bag for the ultimate convenience and succulence, our Morrisons The Best Stuffed British Free Range Bronze Turkey Crown includes our The Best Pork and Honey Glazed Chestnut Stuffing, and is topped with a lattice of The Best Smoked Bacon. This turkey crown will serve approximately 5 至 6 人

    WHAT IS IT : Roast in the bag for the ultimate convenience and succulence, our Morrisons The Best Stuffed British Free Range Bronze Turkey Crown includes our The Best Pork and Honey Glazed Chestnut Stuffing, and is topped with a lattice of The Best Smoked Bacon. This turkey crown will serve approximately 5 至 6 人

    WHAT IS IT: Roast in the bag for the ultimate convenience and succulence, our Morrisons The Best Stuffed British Free Range Bronze Turkey Crown includes our The Best Pork and Honey Glazed Chestnut Stuffing, and is topped with a lattice of The Best Smoked Bacon. This turkey crown will serve approximately 5 至 6 人

    JUDGES SAID: 莫里森’ fresh crown is a doddle to cook, coming in an oven-proof bag to lock in moisture. Although the turkey meat was delicious, it was the stuffing that most impressed our panel, with a bold use of black pepper, nutmeg and sage.

    JOINT BEST ROAST IN THE BAG TURKEY CROWN

    ASDA Extra Special Free Range & Corn Fed Stuffed Turkey Crown 2.2-2.8kg, 28 英镑

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 6-8

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    WHAT IS IT: Fresh class A free range corn-fed bronze turkey crown with a pork and chestnut stuffing, a dry cured oak-smoked streaky bacon lattice and a butter and herb garnish

    WHAT IS IT: Fresh class A free range corn-fed bronze turkey crown with a pork and chestnut stuffing, a dry cured oak-smoked streaky bacon lattice and a butter and herb garnish

    JUDGES SAID: Achieving moist meat and crisp bacon is no mean feat, but something ASDA has managed with ease, thanks to an oven-proof bag that locks in the juices. The crown is well-seasoned with cracked black pepper, bay leaf and rosemary, and contains an unexpectedly sweet stuffing.

    JOINT BEST ROAST IN THE BAG TURKEY CROWN

    Aldi Specially Selected Roast in the Bag Free Range Stuffed Roly Poly Bronze Turkey Crown 1.5-2.3kg, £15.99/kg, in store only

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 6-8

    WHAT IS IT : Free range, oat-fed, and RSPCA-assured, Aldi's Roly Poly Turkey is reared in East Anglia in a habitat which simulates their original, wild environment. The result is an extraordinarily tasty, moist and plump turkey. The bird comes with giblets to make the perfect accompanying gravy

    WHAT IS IT : Free range, oat-fed, and RSPCA-assured, Aldi’s Roly Poly Turkey is reared in East Anglia in a habitat which simulates their original, wild environment. The result is an extraordinarily tasty, moist and plump turkey. The bird comes with giblets to make the perfect accompanying gravy

    WHAT IS IT: Free range, oat-fed, and RSPCA-assured, Aldi’s Roly Poly Turkey is reared in East Anglia in a habitat which simulates their original, wild environment. The result is an extraordinarily tasty, moist and plump turkey. The bird comes with giblets to make the perfect accompanying gravy

    WHAT THE JUDGES SAID: Aldi’s fresh, free-range turkey reminded some testers of a roast chicken, with moist breast meat and sweet, salty skin. 然而, the streaky bacon lattice topping and thyme and cranberry stuffing ensure this centerpiece is special enough to serve on Christmas Day.

    BEST LUXURY TURKEY CROWN

    Mortons Free Range Bronze Turkey Crown 2.2-2.8kg, £84.12-£101.36

    分数: 70/100

    Serves 9-11

    WHAT IS IT: Featuring the same award-winning Norfolk Bronze turkey as our whole birds, this crown simply has the legs trimmed off. You'll still get the shape and structure of the traditional Christmas turkey which tastes delicious roasted on the bone. Staying moist, succulent, and full of flavour, this is the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas celebration.

    WHAT IS IT: Featuring the same award-winning Norfolk Bronze turkey as our whole birds, this crown simply has the legs trimmed off. You’ll still get the shape and structure of the traditional Christmas turkey which tastes delicious roasted on the bone. Staying moist, succulent, and full of flavour, this is the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas celebration.

    WHAT IS IT: Featuring the same award-winning Norfolk Bronze turkey as our whole birds, this crown simply has the legs trimmed off. You’ll still get the shape and structure of the traditional Christmas turkey which tastes delicious roasted on the bone. Staying moist, succulent, and full of flavour, this is the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas celebration.

    JUDGES SAID: Applying the same high welfare standards as our winning turkey, this Morton’s large crown comes complete with wings. It achieved a thick, glossy, bronzed skin, although the panel commented it needed a slightly longer cooking time to crisp up properly. The meat itself is rich and fresh-tasting, as you’d expect from a good quality free-range bird.

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