Perfect Turkey Tips
It's that time of the year again.
Let's talk Turkey.
Are you the bird maker in your household? What's your process like?
Here are my tips for perfectly succulent Roasted Holiday Turkey.
1. Brine. Brine. BRINE!
Brining adds much needed flavor and moisture to the turkey's dense meat and also tenderizes the bird by starting to break down thick protein clusters/molecules.
- Add 3 tbsp of salt and 1 tbsp of sugar to every qt (4 cups) of water.
- Submerge in a large enough container for at least 12-24 hours, keeping turkey temperature 40 degrees or below.
2. Green Seasoning and butter aka compound butter.
A simple trick for this (West Indian style) is to add about 1/2 cup TQM Green Seasoning to 2 sticks of butter as it already has all the flavoring herbs.
You can also chop at least a cup (total) of your favorite fresh aromatics like thyme, garlic, shallots, rosemary, sage, marjoram, etc and combine with about 2 sticks of butter. Add 1 tsp of salt if you are using unsalted butter.
- pat dry bird and gently insert your fingers under the skin (breast side), making a pocket as far up as possible. You can also continue working your way down th