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Three birds, one meal…only one can go through to the Christmas table

Who stays…you decide (with a little help from us)

With less than a month to go before the big day, it’s time to think about what will be gracing your festive dinner plate.

Turkey

Traditionally turkey is the most popular choice and with our Appledore Free Range Bronze Turkeys, you can forget about dry, tasteless meat…

Appledore Free Range & Organic Bronze Turkeys

Appledore turkeys are a slow growing traditional breed and have been raised to full maturity for a deliciously dense meat and a natural layer of fat under the skin to retain moisture whilst cooking. In December, the turkeys are dry-plucked by hand and game-hung for at least two weeks in the traditional way. “This enables the rich, traditional flavour to develop fully, ensuring the finest taste and texture for Christmas day” (Richard, Manager, Moen and Sons)
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Try our Turkey Crown Meal Box, £78.75

Goose

If you’re looking for a step away from the traditional turkey, try a Goodman’s goose. They have a thick layer of fat to keep the bird nicely succulent but be sure to render the fat down and baste frequently to avoid it becoming too fatty. The meat is richer than turkey and more flavoursome…

Goodman’s Free Range Goose

Goodman’s Geese come from a proud heritage of expert farming. All geese are reared free range, grazing over large grass paddocks and fed an all-natural diet of home-grown corn, grass, straw and a specially prepared ration containing no additives or growth promoters.

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Try our Goose Meal Box, £188.89

Capon

Capons are becoming an increasingly popular Christmas Day alternative as the meat is very tender compared to other birds. You may have noticed that all the top chefs rave about capon, so why not bring a little something special to the table this year…

Johnson’s Organic Free Range Capons

Capons are perfect for a festive meal as they have a flavourful flesh which is more tender than other birds. All our capons are organic, free range and from a top quality producer meaning superb taste!

“Johnson’s capons are fed an all-natural diet. They are fully matured and absolutely delicious” (Richard, Manager, Moen and Sons)
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Multi-Bird Roasts

Still can’t decide? How about a multi-bird roast!

Multi-Bird Roasts from Moen and Sons

Create a real stir this Christmas when you present to your festive table an outstanding 3 or 5 bird roast. Enjoy the flavours of Free Range Chicken, Duck and Pheasant on your Christmas dinner plate! Shop Now From £52.80

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In the spotlight choice cuts: Christmas meats

When it comes to the meat we sell, we like to know everything there is to know about it. With Christmas just a few days away we’re guessing that you’ve already brought your meat of choice for the dinner table, but for those who haven’t, we have some quality, mouth watering meats that will be an instant Christmas cracker!

Although turkey and goose are the more traditional options, gammon, capon and chicken still rank highly with our customers each year, mainly due to their versatility and cost. Whichever meat you choose, you’ll know it will be well received on Christmas day, Boxing Day and however long it will stretch over the festive period!

Here at Natoora we are advocates of ethical rearing and all of our meat has been expertly reared where the highest animal welfare standards are upheld. We love the festivities so much that we thought we’d give you a breakdown of the finest choice cuts we’ve received from our butcher this Christmas. Enjoy!

Turkey

Our Appledore Organic free range bronze turkey is raised on a natural diet with the freedom to roam in open grassy areas. This particular bird has a unique taste and texture that will certainly make a palatable impact this Christmas!

Goose

Goose is a real Christmas treat but easy to overcook as the size, density and amount of fat all affect the cooking time. Our free range goose is rich in heritage as well as taste and specially reared on straw and corn; containing zero additives. A must have table treat!

Smoked/Unsmoked Gammon

The great thing about smoked gammon is it tastes fantastic hot or cold, which is why this meat is hugely popular on Boxing Day. We also have unsmoked gammon for those who require a more subtle finish, but either way they’re both delicious seasoned with honey and cloves!

Chicken

Our organic chicken is always a popular choice, so why not make it your centre piece this Christmas? Like turkey it tastes great with cranberry and stuffing, or with thyme, rosemary and garlic of course.

Capon

Capons are becoming an increasingly popular Christmas Day alternative as the meat is very tender compared to other birds. You may have noticed that all the top chefs rave about capon, so why not bring a little something special to the table this year!

Next month’s choice cuts: rabbit and game

How to: Stuff your Turkey this Christmas

Preparing and stuffing the Christmas turkey should be just as an important task as consuming it, so we want to ensure that you do it properly. If you haven’t stuffed a bird before (so to speak) then don’t worry, our step-by-step guide is a simple and effective way to deliver the perfect turkey this year.

  • Prepare your desired stuffing from scratch, or see our fresh homemade stuffing for some inspiration.
  • Remove the packet of giblets from the main cavity of the bird and set aside if you wish to make gravy.

Now for the fun bit!

  • To stuff the neck, first pack it loosely with stuffing.
  • Pin the neck skin over the exposed stuffing with a skewer.
  • Spoon stuffing loosely in the main body cavity.
  • Cover exposed stuffing with a swatch of aluminium foil or a piece of bread.
  • Roast the turkey based on the recipe you’ve selected.
  • Place extra stuffing in a baking dish coated with cooking spray, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake, no more than six to seven hours.
  • Pour turkey or chicken stock over the extra stuffing and bake at 350 degrees F (about 175 degrees C) for no more than an hour.
  • After the turkey is done roasting, remove stuffing immediately and place in a bowl and the refrigerate leftovers.

If you haven’t done so already, hurry and get a quality turkey from us this Christmas before they all go!

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Welcome to the blog from Natoora. For those of you who don't know us, we sell some amazing food from our website (www.natoora.co.uk), from the best in fresh fruit and veg, to quality meat and fish, fine cheeses and charcuterie, and gourmet groceries. Click here to shop now!

Everyone here has a real passion for good food, not just from sourcing the very best available, but to preparing and cooking. Our fruit and veg is so good that we supply it to some of the best London restaurants such as The River Cafe, Theo Randall at the Intercontinental and The Greenhouse. With our professional and personal experience with food we have set up this blog to share our recipes, talk to other food lovers, and help you get the best out of what you buy.

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