To brine or not to brine?

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
To brine or not to brine?
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Mon, 11-05-2012 - 8:21pm

I'm actually turkey-hungry!!!  I found this interesting article on brining in my email newsletters today recommending NOT brining.  This is really interesting; the author recommends salting.  I've heard a lot of chefs recommending salting lately.  I'm ready to give it a try!

http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/11/the-food-lab-the-truth-about-brining-turkey-thanksgiving.html?ref=thumb

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 11-10-2012 - 1:21pm

This being pig country, I've never brined pork.  I have, however, brined goat, in a solution of vinegar and salt to reduce that "gamey" flavor.  It also helps to corn feed goats, no grazing, for a few weeks before slaughter.  I always had a farmer do this for me so I didn't get to "know" the goats; once you know a goat, you won't be able to make dinner; you'll make a friend! 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2006
Thu, 11-08-2012 - 11:35am
I have never brined a turkey, only pork chops . . . and they were delicious and juicy (and probably a heck of lot easier than brining a turkey!)

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 8:47pm

I brined a turkey breast a couple of years ago and the texture was impressive, but not the flavor.  And it seemed like an enormous amount of work for the end result. 

I just sent my daughter a Serious Eats article about a butterflied salted turkey.  They took the back bone out, took off the wing tips, salted it and refrigerated for 2 days.  Then roasted on a rack over onion, carrot, and celery.  The backbone, neck, and giblets were browned in a little oil and boiled in stock, to use in the gravy.  Then imagine those drippings under the bird!   

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 11-06-2012 - 8:24am

Very interesting.   I brined 2 years ago after watching a show endorsing it on Food Network.   I used their recipe.  No one noticed a difference except my dad.   He has about 6 recipes he likes and any variation from those 6 and he puffs and makes little noises to let you know that he is eating it to be nice but he doesn't like it.   And then he will go out of his way to tell you he isn't picky.   If we hadn't told him I had brined he'd have never known.