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11-25-2019 10:44 PM
11-25-2019 10:52 PM
I brine my turkey if it's organic and not injected with water, salt and broth like most turkeys are. Brining it guarantees the bird will be moist and juicy if you roast it right. I've never brined a Butterball turkey. I've never used a dry rub for a turkey.
11-26-2019 06:24 AM
My family doesn't eat turkey but my mom was gifted with one at the senior center. It was a frozen Butterball. I was intimidated
My friend told me to use Alton Brown's recipe. Calls for a brine where the turkey sits in it for 8-16 hrs. Brine is discarded. Turkey is pat dry.
It came out perfect - no basting needed.
there are 2 videos on foodnetwork - one to cook the turkey so both white and dark meat comes out great - one to prep
It might give you some ideas
11-26-2019 09:37 AM
11-26-2019 03:15 PM - edited 11-26-2019 03:16 PM
I've used this turkey brine recipe from allrecipes in the past with great success. Tender, flavorful, moist meat and I was pleased with the gravy.
11-29-2019 02:37 PM
This year was my first try with brining. Did half a turkey breast. It came out very moist and I too was surprised at the amount of liquid it released.
This was an experiment on my part but I will certainly do it again. The next time I will probably add fresh lemons and place it on a rack.
12-01-2019 02:50 PM
We totally stopped all of this fuss and mess, once we discovered Trader Joe's Kosher Brined Turkeys. Fabulous doesn't describe this turkey. We've been purchasing them for 10 or so years now. Even my daughter, a retired chef, will eat no other turkey.
I highly recommend Trader Joe's Kosher Brined Turkeys!!!!!!
12-07-2019 06:38 AM - edited 12-07-2019 06:44 AM
I switched from wet brining to dry brining about 5 years ago and the results have been GREAT! I will never go back to the mess, and "ordeal " (think refrigerator space too!) of wet brining-
Another plus: You can dry brine before the turkey is totally thawed!!
The skin gets brown and very crispy, and the bird is incredibly moist and not overly salty-
I use the "Judy Bird" (Zuni Cafe) type recipe, which is easily found in a Google search
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