Thanksgiving Countdown- 2
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Two Weeks to Go:

  •    Confirm your guest list

  •     Review shopping and grocery lists, again- purchase any forgotten non-perishables

  •      If havenít special ordered, consider purchasing turkey, ham, roast, etc. this week for best selection

  •     Continue cooking make ahead dishes and freeze

  •      Finish making place cards and non-perishable decorations

  •     Order fresh floral arrangements

  •      Polish silver

One of the secrets to a juicy turkey is to brine it.  Brining is basically marinating the bird in a seasoned salt and sugar solution.  If you are planning to brine your Thanksgiving turkey, purchase a fresh, natural and minimally processed, non-self-basting or non-brine injected bird.  Brining is easy to do and creates a moister product when it is cooked.  Though brining a large turkey requires 2 days, even a day marinating in the brine will improve the moistness of the bird. 

How long to brine:

Whole chicken (4 pounds)        4-12 hours
Whole turkey                            1-2 days
Turkey breast                           5-8 hours

Poultry Brine Recipe

ĺ c kosher salt (no other)
ĺ c sugar
1 gallon cold water
1 T black pepper
1 T poultry seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder (opt)
1 tsp onion powder (opt)

 Mix ingredients together until the salt dissolves.  Place rinsed turkey in a large plastic or stainless steel container and cover completely with brine.  Place in refrigerator for the time required according to chart above.  Rinse poultry well and discard brine.  Proceed to roast poultry according to recipe.  Do not salt a brined turkey before roasting. 




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