Free Range Geese - Traditionally Reared
Franklins free range geese are reared on the farm, are allowed to roam freely on the pastures and are given a diet of natural food, including wheat and a specially prepared ration which allows them to mature slowly. The meat is rich & succulent.
Fresh geese can be bought from Michaelmas in late September to December. They should be ordered well in advance for Christmas.
Geese are sold oven-ready, which includes the weight of the giblets. Oven-ready weights range from 4.3kg/9.5lb to 6.35kg/14lb and long-legged from 5.40kg/12lb to 9kg/20lb. Allow approximately 1lb-1.5lb per person.
At home remove the giblets and store them, and the goose, separately in the refrigerator. Check the weight of the giblets and fat before stuffing the goose. This will give the correct weight and you can work out how much cooking time is needed.
To see a review of Christmas 2015 goose sales from John Franklin, chairman of the British Goose Producers, click on the link to their website below: