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Get ahead for Christmas!

Postby sarahw on Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:47 pm

Slow roast a chicken in the next couple of weeks, to give you the confidence to do the turkey overnight in the simmering oven.

Make some gravy with the chicken juices, make it rather thick, rather over seasoned, rather heavy handed with the wine. Freeze a couple of pints of this, then defrost on Christmas Eve, warm up on the back of the Aga on Christmas morning then, when you are ready to make the gravy on the big day, just tip the chicken gravy into the juices from the turkey in your roasting tin, boil up and there you go - instant, REAL gravy.

Boil the gravy in the roasting tin on the floor of the roasting oven, no mess, no stirring and no steam in the kitchen.
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Re: Get ahead for Christmas!

Postby peugeot on Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:39 pm

Sounds a good idea but how would you go about roasting a chicken to see if it would compare with a turkey. My turkey will be 5 kg and I fancy doing it for one hour in top followed by finishing it off in the bottom. The oven temps are top 270 bottom 110. I'd be really grateful if you could advise a plan for both a practise and the day?
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Re: Get ahead for Christmas!

Postby sarahw on Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:49 pm

Put a chicken into a casserole with a tight fitting lid. Bung it into the simmering oven for 4 hours. It will come out cooked, but not browned.
Remove the lid and put into the roasting oven for ten minutes, hey presto, brown chicken!
Once you have been brace enough to so that, you will have the nerve to slow roast your turkey on Christmas eve/Christmas morning.
You only need to put the raw turkey into the roasting oven first if it is over 17lbs, otherwise just put into the simmering oven, tightly covered with foil.
This way the Aga ovens are all at full heat in the morning and the turkey is out of the way.
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Re: Get ahead for Christmas!

Postby sarahw on Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:50 pm

PS If you give a 5kg bird an hour in the top oven before moving it down overnight, it will be done at 6am
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