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    Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Well, our 20lb turkey is not thawing as fast as we would of liked due to the cold nature of the BEER Fridge (35-36 degrees)! So I thought I would get some help off of the web since we are dealing with poultry. Found this link that may be helpful to those of you that have run into the same issue or looking to improve over last year or are a rookies. Very helpful link from buying to thawing to cooking to serving...

    Thanksgiving: The Perfect Turkey Handbook

    Happy Thanksgiving and go State!

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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Does anyone brine their turkey? I read that the turkey doesn't brown as well when you do that.



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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by iowajazz View Post
    Does anyone brine their turkey? I read that the turkey doesn't brown as well when you do that.

    One of my in-laws brined the turkey two years ago. It was terrible. Needless to say, last year they went back the the standard process.



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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    The cold water method works really well if you are in a tight spot with it still frozen.



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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by zach View Post
    Well, our 20lb turkey is not thawing as fast as we would of liked due to the cold nature of the BEER Fridge (35-36 degrees)! So I thought I would get some help off of the web since we are dealing with poultry. Found this link that may be helpful to those of you that have run into the same issue or looking to improve over last year or are a rookies. Very helpful link from buying to thawing to cooking to serving...

    Thanksgiving: The Perfect Turkey Handbook

    Happy Thanksgiving and go State!

    Safe travels,

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    It didn't really say anything that would help to thaw the turkey. It just said not to thaw it at room temperature... So how did you get your turkey thawed out???


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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUcy08 View Post
    It didn't really say anything that would help to thaw the turkey. It just said not to thaw it at room temperature... So how did you get your turkey thawed out???
    Maybe put it in the sink, and then fill the sink? I have no idea; typically we buy the bird 4-5 days ahead of time and stick it in the fridge.



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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    thaw your bird under tap water and continue thawing of the bird at refrigerated temperatures. do not thaw your bird overnight at room temperature. you could end with some type of food poisoning y doing this. when your bird has thawed,remove the lungs,kidneys,leaf fat and giblets.no need to keep the lungs,kidneys,or leaf fat as processors leave these in just to screw you on net weight.. after thawing of the bird,rinse the bird and giblets thoroughly with potable water.rub the bird with salt,olive oil and spices.stuff with dressing and roast until fully cooked. serve for thanksgiving dinner.serve with sides of cranberry jello,escalloped oysters,and choice of blueberry pie,pumpkin pie,strawberry-rhubarb pie,and apple pie.top your slice of pie with some whipped cream and top the whipped cream with some crushed pecans or pistachios.start your diet on friday morning!!!!!!!!!!!don't forget to serve your favorite scotch or wine as your main table beverage.


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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    alton brown's roast turkey recipe and process has produced very consistent and delicious turkeys for me (last 5 have been the best I've ever had). Brining makes a HUGE difference, as long as you aren't starting with an "enhanced" or injected turkey.

    As for the skin when you brine it, you can put the turkey on a rack in the fridge to let it dry for 3 hours or overnight (unwrapped, uncovered, etc). This will allow the skin to dry and then end up crispy again.

    Otherwise, if you cook the bird at 500 degrees for the first 30 minutes, it will brown the skin nicely. Cover the breast with aluminum foil (turkey triangle) and finish cooking. The foil keeps the breast from cooking too fast as you want the dark meet to finish at 180 or so, while the white meat should be around 165 or so... (confirm those temps with the alton brown recipe)

    I highly recommend getting a digital probe thermometer that you can leave in the bird while you cook it.

    So after all that, I'm actually going to try and smoke my turkey, in a flower pot...


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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by iowajazz View Post
    Does anyone brine their turkey? I read that the turkey doesn't brown as well when you do that.

    Brine mine every year:
    1G hot water
    1# kosher salt
    2Q veg stock
    1# honey
    8# ice

    put the water in cooler with the salt (mines 54Qt cooler)
    after salt dissolves, stir in stock and honey. add ice and stir
    add turkey

    I rub the bird with a little olive oil, smoetimes inject with beer/butter marinade I make. If you have seasoning for the outside put that on too. I have cooked birds this way for 5 years, oven, grilled, deep fried. It is always moist and browns well in the oven and on the grill. When I grill it is with constant apple wood smoke for 4 hours for 15# bird. I have never disappointed anybody.



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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by BKLYNCyclone View Post
    alton brown's roast turkey recipe and process has produced very consistent and delicious turkeys for me
    So after all that, I'm actually going to try and smoke my turkey, in a flower pot...
    I'm going to try the Alton Brown method this weekend since I got a 20lb. turkey for 8 bucks at HyVee, can't go wrong with that price.
    I take it you've also seen the Alton Brown flower pot smoker he's made too huh?



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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by johnpkelly81 View Post
    I'm going to try the Alton Brown method this weekend since I got a 20lb. turkey for 8 bucks at HyVee, can't go wrong with that price.
    I take it you've also seen the Alton Brown flower pot smoker he's made too huh?

    What can't Alton do? I love how he makes everything easy, fun, and understandable.



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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUcy08 View Post
    It didn't really say anything that would help to thaw the turkey. It just said not to thaw it at room temperature... So how did you get your turkey thawed out???

    Reference chapeter #3, under rule #6. Basically thaw in your sink via cold water. Change water every 30 minutes. Worked well.

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    Re: Thawing, cooking, serving a turkey...helpful link

    Quote Originally Posted by zach View Post
    Reference chapeter #3, under rule #6. Basically thaw in your sink via cold water. Change water every 30 minutes. Worked well.

    Z
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