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How to cook a turkey

19 September 2023

The Famous Turkey, Central Element of Our Quebec Festivities!

Turkey is definitely the ultimate dish for receptions in Quebec. However, not all turkeys found in grocery stores are treated and raised the same way. In conventional farming, the animals are often given a diet lower in nutrients, which may contain animal by-products. Their meat tends to melt during cooking and is much fattier. The term "vegetable grain-fed" can only be used if the feed contains no animal ingredients. The turkeys at Ferme des Voltigeurs are exclusively fed a vegetarian diet. As they are air-chilled, the meat doesn't shrink during cooking, offering a much more cost-effective quality compared to conventionally raised turkeys.

Furthermore, Ferme des Voltigeurs is convinced that animal welfare plays a crucial role in our food chain. That's why their turkeys are raised free-range, without added hormones or antibiotics. This farm implements stress-free breeding and handling methods for poultry to provide healthy, high-quality products. Moreover, all their 100% natural turkey products are entirely made in Quebec.


Healthy Benefits of the Meat

1. Low in Calories, Rich in Proteins :

Turkey is a top-notch source of lean proteins. It's packed with essential amino acids that are the building blocks of muscle, cell regeneration, and overall health maintenance. Turkey proteins are also perfectly suited for a low-calorie diet, making it an ideal choice for those looking to control their weight while eating nutritiously.

2. Low in Saturated Fats :

Compared to other meats, turkey is naturally low in saturated fats, making it a sensible choice for heart health. Saturated fats have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, while turkey offers a lean and tasty alternative.

3. Rich in Essential Nutrients :

Turkey is a generous source of essential nutrients such as vitamin B3, vitamin B6, and phosphorus. These nutrients play a crucial role in metabolism regulation, immune system support, and bone health, contributing to your overall well-being.

4. Low Cholesterol Content :

Dietary cholesterol is a concern for many health-conscious individuals. Turkey, especially skinless turkey breast, is a low-cholesterol option. This makes it a favorable choice for those aiming to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

5. Versatility in Cooking :

Turkey is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Whether you grill it, roast it, steam it, sauté it, or prepare it in other ways, it fits perfectly into a variety of recipes, from traditional Thanksgiving meals to everyday dishes. Its versatility allows you to create healthy and delicious meals without sacrificing flavor.



Here are the cooking tips from our partner, Ferme des Voltigeurs:


  • Whole Grain-Fed Turkey
  • 15 ml (2 tbsp) of salt
  • 15 ml (2 tbsp) of pepper
  • 1 or 2 onions, diced
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Butter
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) of water or chicken broth



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Season the inside of the turkey:
    • 1 tbsp of salt;
    • 1 tbsp of pepper;
    • 1 or 2 chopped onions;
    • 2 or 3 crushed garlic cloves (optional).
  3. Season the outside of the turkey:
    • Brush the turkey with butter;
    • Add water or chicken broth to the bottom of the roasting pan;
    • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the turkey breast;
    • Put the turkey in to cook; • Baste it a few times during cooking.
  4. Cook the first hour at 400°F and then at 350°F for the remainder of the cooking time.
  5. Check for doneness.



12 to 14 lb  (5.4 to 6.3 kg)
Weight Hours
8 to 10 lb  (3.6 to 4.5 kg)  3 1/4 to 3 1/2
10 to 12 lb  (4.5 to 5.4 kg) 3 3/4 to 4
4 to 4 1/4
14 to 16 lb  (6.3 to 7.3 kg) 4 1/4 to 4 1/2
16 to 18 lb  (7.3 to 8.2 kg) 4 1/2 to 4 3/4


* These times are approximate and may vary depending on your oven and the turkey's internal temperature. The turkey is cooked when its internal temperature reaches 170°F (77°C) in the thigh and 160°F (71°C) in the breast.




Note: Please consult the Ferme des Voltigeurs website for more turkey recipes and cooking instructions.

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