James Whelan Butchers: What Size Turkey Do I Need?

I’m being constantly asked by customers as they place orders “What size turkey do I need?” I can’t help thinking to myself I’d love if Christmas were more often because we’d all know exactly what we need and how to cook it but maybe that would take the magic out of Christmas. I can understand that making sure you have enough turkey for everyone is an important thing to consider when buying a bird but I always advise to error on the plus side – “better be looking at some than for some” and there are great recipes for left-overs. I have written a guide which hopefully will help you make the right decision.

Free Range Turkey at James Whelan Butchers

Free Range Turkey at James Whelan Butchers

Size of Bird Portions
4.5-5.5kg (approx. 10-12lbs) 5-6 adults
5.5-6.5kg (approx. 12-14lbs) 6-7 adults
6.5-7.5kg (approx. 14-16lbs) 7-8 adults
7.5-8.5kg (approx. 16-18lbs) 8-9 adults
8.5-9.5kg (approx. 18-20lbs) 9-10 adults
9.5-10.5kg (approx. 20-22lbs) 10-11 adults

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of  James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

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