The Cons of Brining
A large cooler works, but a trash bag doesn’t. … Brining, or soaking meat in a salt-water solution, uses the power of osmosis to force the turkey or other meat to draw up water into itself. The theory is that the meat ends up juicier and moister that way. The problem is that it is a fake juiciness.
Secondly, can you brine a turkey without salt?
And the bird will have absorbed plenty of salt, so there is definitely no need to add more. A generous amount of salt, often a cup or more, is the key ingredient in brine, and without it you won’t get the moister results noted above. Thus brining is something to avoid if you’re on a salt-restricted diet.
In this way, do you have to refrigerate while brining a turkey?
Place the container in the refrigerator for the period of time specified in the recipe. The amount of time will depend on the type of brine you use; however, do not brine any longer than two days and always keep the turkey and brine refrigerated (at 40°F or less). Remove turkey from brine after the recommended time.
Do you rinse a turkey after brining?
Leaving the turkey uncovered for the last 4 to 6 hours will help dry—and thus crisp up—the skin. Resist any temptation to rinse the turkey after brining. There will be no trace of salt on the surface and rinsing would only make the skin less prone to browning.
Brined meats end up gaining 10 percent or more of their original weight in water and salt. Then when they’re cooked to well done, their swollen muscle fibers can lose moisture and still have enough left to seem juicy. And the weakened fiber structure makes them seem tender as well.
- Find a pot and make fridge space. …
- Place the turkey in the pot. …
- Mix the brine solution. …
- Pour the brine solution over the turkey. …
- Pour the remaining 3 quarts of water over the turkey. …
- Make sure the turkey is completely submerged.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- Brine for 12 to 24 hours.
Pop the turkey into the fridge and let it brine for at least 8 hours (and up to 18 hours). Just don’t leave the turkey in the brine for longer than recommended—over-brining can render the bird too salty and turn the texture spongy.
Here’s the long and short of it: There’s no reason to brine your turkey… if you’re starting with a flavorful bird. When you brine a turkey, you’re adding more moisture to the bird, but the moisture is water.
The turkey only picks up salt and water from the wet brine, which means any flavor impact from aromatics is minimal. A dry brine, however, imparts far more flavor directly into the meat because of the close contact between the spice mixture and turkey meat. The flavor is much richer and more intense.
Although you don’t need to brine a Butterball turkey before cooking it, you certainly can if you’d like. The meat should be juicy and flavorful no matter what. Just be careful not to use too much salt in the brine, and be judicious with the other seasonings when making the stuffing and gravy.
It’s simple, really. Salt the turkey, cover it, then stick it in the fridge. Overnight the salt draws moisture from the interior of the bird to the surface, where it combines with the salt and other seasonings. Eventually, that flavorful salted liquid is reabsorbed by the meat, seasoning it throughout.
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Add 1 tablespoon of salt for every cup of water you used and mix until the salt is completely dissolved. For example, if you are using 1 gallon (16 cups) of water, add 16 tablespoons (1 cup) of salt. Place the meat in the brine and put the whole container in the refrigerator.
Two days before roasting your turkey, make your turkey brine. This will give the brine time to cool fully and save you time the night before your holiday. On the night before you plan to roast your turkey, place your thawed and cleaned out turkey into the large Ziploc Bag, brining bag, or large stock pan.