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Turkey brining

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Lizbethann55 Sun 22-Dec-19 19:08:34

Hi. Just seen an article about brining a turkey. Has anyone ever tried it? Does it work? How long does it take and, finally, does the turkey have to be completely submerged in the brine? Mt turkey is a whopper and I would need a huge bucket to put it in. It sounds a good idea, but a bit radical for a traditionalist like me. I am tempted to try it if it works. Thank you . Xxx

morethan2 Sun 22-Dec-19 20:45:30

I’ve used this method for the last four years. It’s not as complicated as it sounds. I’ve been complimented on it every year. It produces a moist soft meat. I’ve brined a massive bird that fed 18 people. You’ll need a wide brimmed plastic bucket. I brine it for two days in a cold garage, covered with a weighted plate in our garage. I give it a little push every so often (you don’t have to) I cook it very quickly (nigellas way) Imo the most important thing is to rest the turkey for up to an hour. Good luck

Flutterby1 Sun 22-Dec-19 22:53:33

Hi Lizbethann I tried this method a few years ago but unlike the success that morethan2 has I felt it was a complete hassle and my turkey tasted no different than previous years.
However maybe it was something I did wrong although I followed instructions given.
Good luck if you try it and are successful.
Oh by the way I ended up with a very sore shoulder trying to put the large Turkey in and then out of bucket.
So no brining for me I will just have to take my chance on plain roasting.