Turkey roasting times in Aga range cookers

First things first, don't roast your bird straight from the fridge. You need to conserve your Aga range cooker's cooking abilities; there is a lot to cook! Let the turkey come up to room temperature slowly in a cool room over a few hours before roasting. If you need more tips on making sure your range cooker copes with cooking christmas dinner then check out our 'Christmas dinner on the range cooker tips'.

Slow cooked birds taste best and making use of the simmering oven on your range cooker while using the roasting oven for roast potatoes etc is the most efficient way of cooking your Christmas dinner.

Preparing the turkey...

Line a full oven size roasting tin that fits on the runners with foil and put a piece of Bake-O-Glide™ onto the foil. Place the turkey in the large roasting tin.

Stuff the neck cavity only – it's easy to forget that the stuffing is in the bird until too late! If not putting stuffing into the bird, peel and cut up an onion and push that into the cavities, with a little butter. Weigh the turkey after it has been stuffed to calculate the cooking time.

Smear the bird with some butter, then cover it with more Bake-O-Glide™ and wrap tightly with the foil.

Slow roasting the turkey in your conventional Aga range cooker...

If your turkey weighs more than 16 lb (7kg), put it into the roasting oven for an hour, then transfer to the simmering oven overnight. Time it according to the guide below.

For turkeys under 16 lb (7kg), just put into the simmering oven and let the oven do the rest!

All range cookers cook at slightly different speeds, an older oven will take slightly longer then a new one, but as a guide:

  • 8 – 10 lb (3 – 4½kg) turkeys will take about 8 – 10 hours
  • 10 – 16 lb (4½ - 7kg) turkeys will take about 9 – 12 hours
  • 16 – 22 lb (7 – 10kg) turkeys will take about 10 – 14 hours

Next day, check the turkey mid-morning, it should be almost cooked. Pierce the thigh with a skewer and if the juices run clear from the hole, it is cooked. It will not be browned at this stage, so don’t worry if it is very pale looking.

If it is completely cooked at 11am and you plan to eat at 3pm, DON’T PANIC! Re-cover with the foil then lay a large bath towel, folded into quarters, or a cot duvet or your fleece jacket, or all three, over it and place it beside the cooker (on a 4 oven Aga range cooker, put it onto the warming plate) and just leave it. It has taken about 12 hours to get really hot and cooked through; it won’t cool down in any sort of hurry!

If it is not cooked through, re-cover and return it to the simmering oven. Check it again in an hour. For finishing and browning the turkey see below.

Slow roasting the turkey in your 'Total Control' Aga range cooker...

If your turkey weighs more than 16 lb (7kg), put it into the roasting oven for an hour, then transfer to the baking oven set to slumber overnight. Time it according to the guide below.

For turkeys under 16 lb (7kg), just put into the baking oven set to slumber and let the cooker do the rest!

All ovens cook at slightly different speeds, an older range cooker will take slightly longer then a new one, but as a guide:

  • 8 – 10 lb (3 – 4½kg) turkeys will take about 8 – 10 hours
  • 10 – 16 lb (4½ - 7kg) turkeys will take about 9 – 12 hours
  • 16 – 22 lb (7 – 10kg) turkeys will take about 10 – 14 hours

Next day, check the turkey mid-morning, it should be almost cooked. Pierce the thigh with a skewer and if the juices run clear from the hole, it is cooked. It will not be browned at this stage, so don’t worry if it is very pale looking.

If it is completely cooked at 11am and you plan to eat at 3pm, DON’T PANIC! Re-cover with the foil then lay a large bath towel, folded into quarters, or a cot duvet or your fleece jacket, or all three, over it and place it beside the range cooker (on a 4 oven Aga range cooker, put it onto the warming plate) and just leave it. It has taken about 12 hours to get really hot and cooked through; it won’t cool down in any sort of hurry!

If it is not cooked through, re-cover and return it to the simmering oven. Check it again in an hour. For finishing and browning the turkey see below.

Fast roasting the turkey:

Put the prepared turkey into the roasting oven and cook it.

  • 8 – 10 lb (3 – 4½kg) turkeys will take about 2 hours
  • 10 – 16 lb (4½ - 7kg) turkeys will take about 2 ½ to 3 hours
  • 16 – 22 lb (7 – 10kg) turkeys will take about 3 to 3 ½ hours

Finishing & browning the turkey; all methods...

When you and the turkey are ready, pour off the juices - this is easiest if you have a second, clean roasting tin and just transfer the bird from one tin to the other, leaving the juices in the first.  Put the turkey into the roasting oven, uncovered, for half an hour to brown the skin, while you make the gravy.  Once the breast is browned, transfer to a serving plate and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Range cooker christmas turkey roasting times