Rinsing the brined turkey

I’ve brined my turkey, should rinse it before drying with paper towels? Thanks!

  • Posted by: jill
  • November 22, 2018
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Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore November 22, 2018

Generally no, unless the recipe specifically says to do so! Which recipe are you using?

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jill November 22, 2018

Hi, thanks. I’m following the video (a bit) by Josh at Food52, not really a recipe - more technique. I have a basting bourbon butter ready to use.

Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore November 22, 2018

Got it—it shouldn't be necessary to rinse it, but with a wet brine it also won't hurt anything to rinse it (if you'd been drying out the skin after dry brining, better to keep it dry so it will get crispier, but it's already quite wet from the wet brine). Good luck and that bourbon butter sounds delicious!

MMH
MMH November 22, 2018

Brining Is the process of osmosis. the salt draws the water across the membraine and the result is a more juicy bird. The saltiness is negligible.

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jill November 22, 2018

So I don’t need to rinse it off when I remove it from the brine? Correct ?

MMH
MMH November 22, 2018

I don’t do it

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