November 16, 2008
If you’ve never had a brined turkey, trust me, you are missing out. And once you try it, you’ll never go back. This recipe is the piece de la resistance of our Thanksgivings. I have to say, if I was going to have a last meal, this would be it. When I make a turkey, even if I'm only serving 4 people, I always make one to serve 12. Turkey is the perfect leftover meat because you can keep it in the fridge and turn it into so many other dishes like sandwiches, turkey hash, turkey pot pies and so on. In our house you never have to worry about it going bad because it's all gone before that can even happen. It feeds us all for a week: lunch, dinner....sometimes even breakfast!
I've been brining turkey for several years and I have to say it's THE trick to making a perfect turkey. It makes turkey extra juicy and imparts the perfect flavor. I like to use cloves and bay leaves as aromatics in the brine, but you could also toss in some onion, cinnamon stick, apple, celery, or basically any flavors you love. I brought a turkey to our regular "kids dinner party" last night and everyone devoured it. At the same time, though, most of the mother's were saying "I couldn't EVER roast a turkey". Don't be intimidated, it's really easy.
After making the brine and placing it in a large pot with the turkey, I cover it and leave it outside overnight. Yep, outside and overnight. First of all, I don't know anyone with a refrigerator large enough to hold a gigantic pot and second, it's usually 55 degrees or lower in
most of the U.S. this time of year, so it's the perfect temperature to brine in — certainly as good as your fridge, if not better. Besides the cooking time, this recipes is reasonably
economical, super easy and everyone in the family will love it! Even the tiniest members.