If you are using a frozen turkey from the supermarket you need to make sure that the bird is thoroughly thawed before cooking.
 
Leave it to thaw in the fridge and give at least 24 hours defrosting for every 4-5 lbs (2-2.5 kg) of weight.
 
The following are approximate cooking times for turkeys in an oven which is at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4:
 
Size of turkey
Stuffed turkey
Unstuffed turkey
8-12lbs/3.5-5.5kg
3 hrs 20 mins – 4 hrs 40 mins
3 hrs – 4 hrs 20 mins
12-14lbs/5.5-6.5kg
4 hrs 40 mins – 5 hrs 20 mins
4 hrs 20 mins – 5 hrs
14-18lbs/6.5-8kg
5 hrs 20 mins – 6 hrs 40 mins
5 hrs – 6 hrs 20 mins
18-20lbs/8-9kg
6 hrs 40 mins – 7 hrs 20 mins
6 hrs 20 mins – 7 hrs
20-24lbs/9-11kg
7 hrs 20 mins – 8 hrs 40 mins
7 hrs – 8 hrs 20 mins
 

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