Help! What Are Your Best Tips for Cooking a Moist and Tender Turkey for Thanksgiving?
From Kitchn’s Reddit AMA: What’s the best way to make sure the turkey stays moist and tender all the way through for Thanksgiving?
Chris: Brine brine brine brine brine!
Kelli: Yes, to brining! It always feels like such a pain (wet brining) when doing it and takes up so much space, but so worth it always.
Meghan: Team dry brine here!
Faith: But what if you ran out of time? What is the MINIMAL amount of time you can brine and still make it count?
Meghan: One of the reasons I love a dry brine is that you can do it the morning of, too!
Meghan: Oh yes, Sheela, I forgot about that gem!
Kelli: I’m also a HUGE fan of rubbing compound butter between the skin and flesh of the turkey, which also adds extra flavor.
Chris: Dry brine is great — and saves some space. But wet brine is probably more sure-fire? I think even a few hours of brining can be worth it. And you can brine while it’s thawing! But if it needs to go in the oven and you haven’t brined, then I have a controversial suggestion…
Arie: Bring it!
Chris: Spatchcock. Or better yet, cut the turkey into parts: Breast, legs, all separate. Then roast and pull each out when they hit 165°F. Moist and tender, not at all dry Of course, you don’t get the carve-able bird. But that may matter less when everyone is filling up their plates and going to town. I would like to note, also, that I am not alone in this position.
Arie: I like this take!
Faith: That’s so funny!
Reader: Your turn!
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