So what are you doing with your turkey to make it delicious?

(41 Posts)

Rather than just a dried out old bird?

Please share your secrets with me. I want really nice turkey this year.

wordfactory Wed 18-Dec-13 08:52:34

For the briners amongst us, a question. Is the salt in the brine noticible in the bird's meat?

And are the juices too salty for gravy?

DingDongHairyPOnHigh Wed 18-Dec-13 09:00:21

This is a seriously stupid question... Would you brine a turkey crown? Is there any point?

<prepares to be flamed for buying one in the first place fsmile>

kotinka Wed 18-Dec-13 09:18:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Elf, apple goes in whole before it goes in the oven

Bertrude Wed 18-Dec-13 11:12:53

Buy it ready cooked from the golf club and collect at 1pm

HTH grin

winklewoman Wed 18-Dec-13 11:16:15

wordfactory, no, the salt is definitely not noticeable in the meat. Don't know about the gravy though, DH deals with that sort of thing.

WaitingForMe Wed 18-Dec-13 11:42:32

I brine and no you can't use the juices for gravy. I cook up giblets with some chicken wings and an onion, carrot and celery stick the night before and make the gravy from that.

ElfOnTheShelf Wed 18-Dec-13 21:08:51

thanks to Word and lilo

MinnesotaNice Wed 18-Dec-13 21:15:58

I brine as well and always use the juices for gravy. Haven't noticed the gravy tasting overly salty. Most of the salt is rinsed off the bird before cooking.

wordfactory Thu 19-Dec-13 08:00:59

Thank you, briners one and all.

So you rinse off the brine...I see.

I'm tempted to try it. Should probably have done a trail run, shouldn't I?

winklewoman Thu 19-Dec-13 08:18:34

No, word, have faith. It works, Nigella would never lie about something so important, woukd she?

ILikeToClean Thu 19-Dec-13 16:58:21

I have bought a frozen turkey for the first time - worried about how it will taste although threads on here suggest no difference between fresh and frozen - and last year's expensive fresh turkey was really dry! Presume I defrost first before brining?

winklewoman Thu 19-Dec-13 17:08:47

Yes, defrost first.

ILikeToClean Thu 19-Dec-13 17:13:49

Thanks - will give it a go, frozen probably needs all the help it can get!

overthemill Thu 19-Dec-13 17:17:26

Have brined a la nigella for last 3 years with defrosted frozen Tesco turkey cos of being strapped for cash. Truly delish and easy. I also turn it over half way and use a foil tent which I take off 30 mins before end. Also use lemon and cracked pepper.

AmIGoingMad Thu 19-Dec-13 17:28:49

Like the Nigella prep with Jamie immediate prep and cooking smile

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