Where do you guys stand on rinsing / washing your turkey before dry brining?

Of course, people are worried about spreading bacteria. But the judy bird recipe still includes the washing step.

I don't want to skip it if it will impact the flavor.

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d November 24, 2015
My take is that rinsing was included as the first step not because it will have any impact on flavor, but for food safety. Of course we now know it has no benefit and only increases the risk of cross contamination.
 
Kenzi W. November 24, 2015
Julianna114—I just used a similar method on capons not two weekends ago, and I did not wash the bird; it didn't affect flavor at all! I did pat the whole thing dry, though.
 
julianne114 November 24, 2015
Thank you!
 
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