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How To Brine, Roast & Carve the Perfect Holiday Turkey

 

I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving Turkey for 25 years. You’d think after that amount of time I should be an expert!!

However since I (and probably you, too) really only cook Turkey at Thanksgiving and the occasional Christmas, I don’t cook it often enough to feel like I can do it in my sleep, like I can a chicken or beef roast.

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My practice turkey 2016

So every year at Thanksgiving I need to brush up on the how-to’s and the what-fors and thought I’d share them with you today.  

Simple Trumps Fancy On Turkey Day!

Over the years I have learned to always stick with the basics.  No matter how fancy I got with the brine, the good ol’ basic salt and sugar is what always works best.

I’m just too busy the day-of worrying about stuffing, mashing, setting and polishing to get overly fancy with any of it. And, it’s always the BEST Thanksgiving dinner ever, so that reinforces to me to stick with what works best.

If you’re lucky enough to have gotten one of our sold-out fresh turkeys this year, the flavor is always so outstanding that you want to let the lovely meaty flavor be the star attraction.

Brush Up On Your Turkey Basics

So enjoy today’s gifts of a brine and carve how-to video + recipes.

First video: brine/roast
Second video: carve

 


Thanksgiving to me truly is about the family and friends gathered around the table, and this year once again, the family that is not there.

My son is off serving his country, headed to the Middle East for 7-9 months.  We will miss him this holiday season – yet I’m sure he has enough memories/crazy stories from Thanksgivings past to get him through til he can celebrate with us again!

Somehow when the Marine Corps tries to recreate Thanksgiving for these warriors it’s just not the same (why don’t they put us MoM’s in charge of it?).  Last year where my son was stationed they ran out of turkey so ordered Domino’s pizza for the last 20 or so guys.  Big FAIL!!  He and his buddies snuck out to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving cheeseburgers instead!

That’s a story he’ll be sharing at his future Thanksgiving dinners of fresh, pastured gmo-free brined/basted turkey – “remember the time I had domino’s pizza for Thanksgiving dinner?”

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Lucky for you and I we enjoy the freedoms we do because so many go off and serve their country, foregoing holidays with family for years.  And I have many who read these emails whose children and spouses also serve – a huge shout out and thank you to you, too!!

I wish you the most fulfilling Thanksgiving ever – in every way – filled with friends and wholesome food.

Love and hugs,

Charlotte

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  • Victoria Esarey November 9, 2016, 8:36 pm

    Enjoyed your turkey prep video. I have also brined our turkey the last few years and won’t cook one unless I do. Our preferred cook method is fried, out of doors with the tripod method of lowering into the oil. By the way, my attempts at making kefir are much improved and thank you for the link to the kefir lady. Am looking forward to making cheese using kefir as the base.

    • Charlotte Smith November 9, 2016, 8:52 pm

      I’m so glad the kefir lady worked out!! I’ve heard of kefir cheese, never made it though. So good for you though!

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