Don’t get your head stuck in a turkey! Thanksgiving dinner is just around the corner and whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or an expert chef, we want to make sure you’re covered. Check out these simple tips and pointers on how to cook the most scrumdiddlyumptious thanksgiving turkey your family has ever had!
To dry brine or wet brine? That is the question this thanksgiving. Brining a turkey allows the meat to sit in a soak mixture of kosher salt and water so the meat stays tender and juicy under all those hours of cooking. Soak your turkey in water and salt overnight and store in an oven bag or submerged in a deep container.
Some out there prefer to Dry Brine the turkey as their preparation. This could be essential for flavor purposes or for those who don’t have the utilities or enough room for the brining process. People also swear that dry brining saves much more flavor of the turkey meat by not submerging it in water. Simply rub kosher salt on your turkey and place in a large plastic bag (oven bag or trash bag) and keep refrigerated from anywhere up to 24-72 hours.
Tip: Always remember to remove the innards before brining or preperation. Right before cooking the turkey, you’ll want to add aromatics to the inside of the turkey to add a delicious aroma and spiciness to the meat. This includes items such as: onions, garlic, apples, oranges, lemons, sage, rosemary, parsley, cinnamon sticks, thyme and anything else you’d like to add.
Now that you’ve got the turkey juicy and tender, you may begin the cooking process. Many families tend to cook their turkeys their own special way. A traditional oven roast tends to be the number one choice for cooking a turkey. Check out these 10 delicious and easy turkey dry rubs for your turkey just before popping it in the oven. These 10 recipes are also great for those who want to grill their turkey this year! Just make sure you have a grill big enough to hold the turkey on a rack and a closing lid.
Now, those crazy deep-fryer fanatics that swear on the deep fried turkey as the best turkey they’ve ever had, we know you’re out there. If this is something you plan on trying this year, just make sure to completely thaw your turkey before frying it, or you may end up with a burnt turkey like this guy.
How will you be preparing your thanksgiving feast this season? Got any turkey cooking advice we missed or you’d like to share? Leave us a comment below!