Q: Turkey cooking with brine?

solowkoe
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Anyone ever do this? I heard a report on the radio that said using a brine marinad for a whole day befor is the proven best way to have a moist turkey for thanksgiving. If you've done it, can you tell me your opinion? and if you have any tips? Thanks all.
solowkoe posted Nov 23, 2011
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jdswirsky
Yes! It makes a huge difference. You can do it no matter how you cook it. Whatever recipe you use, make sure there is a lot of salt. The salt traps the moisture and keeps it moist. It works especially well if you are cooking the turkey in a smoker or for a long period of time. You can still brine it if you Fry it, but you have to make sure the water drains before you fry it. It makes a world of difference! Be sure to make the skin loose (not off, but loose) so the brine can seep in. Leave it in for at least 12 hours, the more the better. But you have to keep it in ice cold water so it does not create salmonella.
jdswirsky (rep: 3.56k) posted Nov 23, 2011
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MrBklynW
I have been brining my turkey for the past 2 or 3 years since i started cooking thanksgiving dinner but it never came out really moist. A friend recommends to brine it for 3 hours, than marinate with all your spices and leave it marinated over night than use a oven bag to cook the turkey, since the bag will keep all the moisture inside. When the turkey is almost done to rip open the bag for the turkey to get some color and thoroughly cook.
MrBklynW (rep: 413k) posted Nov 23, 2011
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MrBklynW
my friend works at a market and has been cooking 100's of turkeys for thanksgiving every year, so i'm certain he knows what he's talking about.
MrBklynW (rep: 413k) posted Nov 23, 2011
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solowkoe
Thanks for the input jdswirsky and Mrbklynw
solowkoe (rep: 5.54k) posted Nov 23, 2011
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jdswirsky
Mrbklynw, if you brine for three hours, it doesn't make that much of a difference. You have to at least do it overnight.
jdswirsky (rep: 3.56k) posted Nov 23, 2011
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MrBklynW
yeah usually i brine it overnight but i'm going to try my friends method this year and see how it turns out=D
MrBklynW (rep: 413k) posted Nov 23, 2011
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kollsc
You should not brine a self-basting turkey ... Self Basting means it has already been brined ... I find the Oven Bags do a great job of keeping the turkey moist.
kollsc (noob) posted Nov 25, 2011
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