This year I put my money where the farm is, and decided to shop locally for a bird. The Turkey Shoppe is a few minutes’ drive away in Talbotville, so in I went and got Mr. Frozen Turkey at a good price. I chose frozen because I wanted to get him early and beat the rush.
Against Health Canada advice, I thawed him overnight in the sink in cold water and then for the first time ever, brined a turkey. I’m late to the brining game although I do know that hubby loves a spiral ham, which is brined too much in my opinion. (It’s too salty!) I don’t suppose brining is even necessary if you get a Butterball which is already infused with butter or butter-like liquids.
There are brine recipes all over the Internet but I bought a brining kit because it supplies you with a giant, tough, sealable bag in which to soak the bird. You boil the salt and spices briefly, add more water, let them cool, and let your turkey sit in the bath in the fridge for several hours, depending on its size. What you should end up with, is a moist tasty bird. And we did. And I think brining saved it because it was done about an hour early according to the 20-minutes-per-pound calculation.
But it’s a lot of work. I can’t carry a 15-pound bird in a multi-litre bath up and down the stairs to our second fridge where there was room to put it, although hubby never minds when he’s called to slug it for me. I’m all about making the holidays easy. I’m glad I did it this time but I think that I’ll go with something easier next time. Jamie Oliver recommends tucking pats of butter under the turkey’s skin. That doesn’t really appeal to me! So I’ll be happy to take your turkey tips. Be my 1-800-butterball?