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My turkey is purple!

I am doing a dry brined, spatchcocked turkey this year that's a combination of the Russ Parson's dry brine, the spatchcocked Turkey from the most recent Turkey contest and Alton Browns Butterflied, dry brined roast turkey. Alton's recipe says to leave it in the fridge uncovered, which I did because I couldn't find any bags that were large enough. Now (the day before Thanksgiving...EEK!), my the skin on my turkey is extremely taught and its really pink....with the thighs on the verge of purple. Did I ruin my turkey!?! I have NO idea what to do....

asked by Cheryl Baxter about 3 years ago
3 answers 3239 views
Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added about 3 years ago

Unless it smells, it's probably just fine! The dry, taught skin will crisp up beautifully, and I've seen it turn more pink after sitting in the fridge uncovered. Can you upload a photo here?

added about 3 years ago

I suppose its more pink than purple....but its still a kind of disturbing color. And it smells just fine. The areas that weren't exposed seem to be a normal color (super light pink)....
(thanks for the speedy response!)



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added about 3 years ago

Oh that's just fine - don't stress & have a great Thanksgiving :)