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Pipers Farm Christmas FAQ’s - Making your Christmas planning as easy as possible 

With over 25 years experience producing top quality meat, we have heard it all! We have put together some of our most frequently asked questions regarding Christmas orders, our deadline for delivery, storage instructions and even some cooking tips.

Choosing your products

What size Turkey should I order?

We recommend 2 portions per kg or 1 portion per pound.

I’m feeding 20+ people, will my Turkey fit in the oven?

The Boned and Stuffed Turkey should fit in a conventional oven.

Can I order a Turkey crown?

Yes, just call us for a quote.

Do you do Turkey legs?

Yes, of course, please call us for a quote.

Can I have my Christmas Turkey/Goose/Duck frozen?

Yes, of course, just pop a note in the comments box at checkout when placing your order online.

Can you make me something bespoke?

Probably yes, as long as we have enough notice. Give us a call and tell us what you are looking for.

Allergies

We can cater for all allergies, please contact us and tell us your requirements.

Can you make gluten/pork/dairy/nut-free stuffing?

Yes, absolutely.

  • The Sage & Onion stuffing is dairy, nut-free & gluten-free
  • The Apricot & Hazelnut and the Cranberry & Hazelnut stuffings are dairy and gluten-free.
  • Both Apricot & Hazelnut and Cranberry & Hazelnut stuffings can also be made pork-free, upon request.

Are there any chemicals or preservatives in your food?

No. Never. We only use natural, whole ingredients.

Storage

How should I store my fresh Christmas meat?

Once received remove it from it from its delivery packaging. Unwrap the pretty Pipers Farm paper.  Place your meat on a plate or a wire rack in the bottom of the fridge. You want to allow the air to circulate around the meat and make sure you keep it nice and dry.

How long can my fresh Christmas meat be kept in the fridge?

We recommend you cook your fresh Christmas meat within 4-5 days off storing it in the fridge.

How should I store everything else?

We do not put any chemicals or preservatives in any of our products, so it’s best to store them in the freezer. All sausages and stuffings should be kept in the freezer or used within 3 days of being in the fridge.

How do I store my cooked ham?

It is vacuum-packed so leave it in the fridge until you are ready to eat it. Once opened, wrap in greaseproof paper (put new greaseproof paper if it gets wet) and consume within a week.

Can I keep my frozen Simplest Turkey or Boned and stuffed meat in the fridge?

Yes, but you must consume it within 3-4 days as we do not put any preservatives in our stuffing.

Delivery

When is your last delivery date?

Depending on your postcode and for most of the country, our last delivery date is 23rd December. Once you go through our online checkout, our handy calendar will display all available options.

 

Where do you deliver?

We deliver to the whole of the UK mainland.

We can also deliver to the Highlands, the Channel Islands and other countries in the EU like Spain and France. Please do call us for a quote.

 

For which areas do you provide next day delivery?

Yes, across the whole UK mainland.

  

Can I select a time for delivery?

Unfortunately not. You can select our pre-12 service, however, we cannot give you timed delivery slots due to the volume of deliveries at this time of year.

 

What if I’m not home until later?

Don’t worry, simply let us know your leave safe instructions and we will make sure your parcel is waiting for you when you return home.

 

Can you deliver on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/Boxing Day?

No. We like to have a bit of time off over Christmas too! We will get everything safely to you before then.

 

Cooking

 

Should I brine my Turkey?

NO! Our Turkeys do not need brining because of the breed we selected. We have chosen to rear Free Range Bronze birds, this is a typically slow-growing breed. We grow our birds slowly only ever feeding them a natural diet, this builds a wonderful texture in the meat. We hang every bird for 12 days to develop a fantastic flavour. This means there is absolutely no need to brine. You will have plenty of flavour and succulence in the meat naturally.

 

How long should I cook my Turkey?

Here are some guidelines based on turkey size:

  • 4.5kg/10lb – 2 hrs
  • 5.5kg/12lb – 2 1/2 hrs
  • 6.7kg/15lb – 2 3/4 hrs
  • 7.5kg/17lb – 3 hrs
  • 9kg/20lb – 3 1/2 hrs
  • 11.5kg/25lb – 4 1/2 hrs

 

What if I’m stuffing my Turkey?

If you are stuffing your bird simply add the weight of the stuffing to the weight of your bird and calculate the total weight and cooking time. If you are stuffing the cavity add 1/2 an hour onto your cooking time and make sure you stuff it loosely.

 

Do you provide cooking instructions?

All our Whole Free Range Bronze Turkey’s, Free Range Geese and Boned and Stuffed Turkeys come with cooking instructions in the box. Most other products have cooking instructions on our website, simply click on the cooking tab to reveal how to cook. You can also check our blog for lovely recipe ideas and tips. Or failing that, call us and we can talk you through how to cook any of our meat.

 

Ordering

 

How can I order?

You can order online, via email or over the phone.

 

When is your last Christmas order date?

Our last date for orders is Monday 18th December. Please do get your orders in as early as possible as every year we do sell out and once it’s gone, it’s gone!

 

Can I add or remove any items to my delivery?

Yes, up to 2 days before your delivery date.

 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, up to 1 week before your delivery date.

 

Can I change my delivery date or method?

Yes, up to 1 week before your delivery date.

 

Can you tell me what I had last year?

Yes, that's easy, just give us a call or drop us an email, we'll be happy to help.