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wet brine

is it better to brine or to inject the turkey? do i have to thaw the turkey before brining?

asked by lena over 1 year ago

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added over 1 year ago

Hi Lena, I prefer a dry brine for the turkey (and frozen is fine): https://food52.com/recipes...

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added over 1 year ago

Hi there! If you have the equipment and where-with-all to inject the turkey, that can work just fine (it's how most commercial turkeys are treated). A wet brine will also work well, and something I've done many a year for Thanksgiving -- at America's Test Kitchen we recommend 1/2 cup salt per gallon of cold water for an overnight brine. The wet brine, however, does sog out the turkey skin. My favorite is a dry brine -- just salt on the meat, for 48 hours. It takes a little bit longer, but the salt will penetrate to the center of the turkey, seasoning it throughout, and keeps the skin from getting soggy. (Or, if you want to go a little outside of the box, our Koji Turkey will blow your mind... http://www.cooksscience...) -Molly

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