Christmas is just round the corner and this year we’re planning to cook our turkey in a steam oven. Cooking with steam locks in flavour and moisture and we all know creating a roast turkey that is beautifully succulent and perfectly cooked can be quite a challenge.
Many steam ovens available on the market are compact in size and therefore have a slightly smaller capacity than a standard oven. It is possible to fit up to a 7kg turkey into a compact steam oven which, for most family gatherings, is sufficient as it will feed roughly 10 people with leftovers. If using turkey crown a 2-2.5kg crown will feed 6-8 people.
Turkey crown is a great choice for those who enjoy the white meat only. With a turkey crown the breast of the bird remains attached to the bone with the legs and wings removed. A crown is a great option if you are cooking for smaller numbers or for those who do not wish to deal with all the extra bits! Turkey crowns also cook quicker than a full roast turkey and are the ideal size for a compact steam oven!
Due to turkey having a low fat content there is always the risk of turkey meat becoming dry. The risk of cooking a turkey that is dry is minimal when steam cooking the bird however, many experts recommend covering the turkey in a dry brine marinade overnight or for a few hours prior to cooking. The turkey will absorb extra moisture during the marinating time, which will help it stay moist and juicy both during and after cooking, plus the marinade flavours the turkey a little too.
Tips For Cooking A Deliciously, Moist Christmas Turkey!
- Allow the bird to rest for about 30 minutes prior to carving and cover loosly with foil. During the resting period it will continue to cook through. It will be much easier to carve once well rested.
- Buy a free range or organic turkey as the meats tends to be more flavoursome.
- Buy a fresh turkey and allow the turkey to reach room temperature prior to cooking. Remove from the fridge an hour before you plan to cook.
- Check the meat is cooked thoroughly. Ideally use a thermometer or meat probe, the internal temperature should reach 70°C. Alternatively pierce the skin in the thickest part and check the juices run clear.
- Cook with steam and conventional air to ensure the meat stays tender and juicy with a crispy outer skin.
- Smear the turkey skin with a little butter. Rub in salt and pepper then allow to marinate for up to 4 hours or overnight. Cover the turkey crown with streaky bacon before placing in the oven.
We have some fantastic steam ovens available at Appliance House which will help you to create the most succulent roast turkey!
The fabulous Whirlpool W Collection W11I MS180 UK Combi Steam Oven is a great choice for any contemporary kitchen. This unique oven features an intuitive touch control interface from which you can choose amongst 5 cooking methods: Crisp, CrispFry, Forced Air, Steam&Boil or Microwave.
Cooking a joint of meat for a roast dinner can be done to perfection. This Whirlpool steam oven comes complete with a meat probe allowing you to cook with accuracy. Simply set the required temperature and insert the meat probe into your food and the 6th sense technology will do the rest! The 6th Sense technology automatically adjusts time, temperature, and humidity settings to ensure perfect, succulent results time after time. You can even connect it to Wi Fi to control it remotely from your phone meaning you can change the oven settings without being in the kitchen allowing you to continue watching all the presents being opened on Christmas morning!
The majority of our steam ovens are compact in size. You can expect to find compact steam ovens provide an internal cavity of around 36 litres. If you’re looking for a larger steam oven the AEG BSK782320M SteamBoost Steam Oven is a great choice.
The AEG SteamBoost Steam Oven works just like a fan oven with the added benefit of steam to enhance the flavour and texture of the food. This oven features many useful programmes including ‘interval steam’, a setting that alternates between steam and fan cooking with 25% steam and 75% hot air. Other features include energy efficient ‘Hot Air’ technology to provide even cooking throughout the oven, a soft closing door to give a premium feel and a food probe to monitor the core temperature of your dish during cooking. This AEG Steam Boost oven also comes with an extra large baking tray that is 20% larger than standard baking trays so cooking a large batch of roasted vegetables is easy.
Complete the Christmas feast, get ahead of the game and spend more time having fun with the family instead of peeling veg in the kitchen on Christmas Day by following some of our early Christmas dinner preparation tips, recipes and advice. You’ll also discover delicious recipes for ‘Chestnut And Cranberry Stuffing’, ‘Cranberry And Port Sauce’ and ‘Creamy Bread Sauce’ too!
If you love to cook and are passionate about eating flavoursome, healthy food then a steam oven is an excellent choice for you. To discover our full range of steam ovens click here. We offer our customers easy alternatives to pay for new items and spread the cost of payment with our excellent finance deals. Applying for finance is fast and easy. Simply complete the credit agreement, sign it online and get an instant credit decision. Orders must be over £279 to qualify, T&Cs apply.
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