What is the best way to brine a turkey

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pierino November 13, 2012
I've come to take a contrarian view on brining. I use a wet brine but I inject it directly into the breast meat. An injector will cost you about $20. I started doing this with prime rib and moved onto large birds. You can get a nice crisp skin on the outside and tender flesh on the outside.
 
hardlikearmour November 13, 2012
What is the injector composed of? If it's like a giant syringe with a big needle you could almost certainly find one at a feed store for far less.
 
pierino November 14, 2012
It hadn't occurred to me to check a feed store, although there are certainly plenty around me. In any case you will need something with at least a 1 1/2 ounce liquid capacity.
 
I agree with bigpan. If your going to brine the bird, (technique wise) doing it in the coleman's cooler is the way to go.
 
bigpan November 13, 2012
Other than the recipes above, I suggest using a Coleman cooler. It is the right size, keeps the brine and bird at the right temperature.
 
Lindsay-Jean H. November 13, 2012
My family's had success with the Pioneer Woman's Turkey Brine: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/pws-turkey-brine/
 
Monita November 13, 2012
If you want to do a liquid brine, here's a good "how to"
http://www.marthastewart.com/274271/how-to-brine-a-turkey/@center/276949/everything-thanksgiving
 
Kenzi W. November 13, 2012
We have a lot of diehard dry-brining fans around here, and you can read why here:
http://www.food52.com/blog/2713_russ_parsons_drybrined_turkey_aka_the_judy_bird
 
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