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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuggleBuggles View Post
    to our dry brine. Could be the recipe we used but going back to liquid next time. The pro was ease. Con was dried out with not much flavor. We even did an herbed butter rubbed all over (over and under the skin). Ah well. Live and learn!
    Sorry to hear it didn't go well for you. I just finished my lunch of turkey leftovers and was thinking to myself how deeply seasoned the meat was all the way down to the bone. I didn't even need gravy, it was that flavorful and moist. I hate bland meat. I'm very, very liberal when I apply the salt, and I dry brine for at least 48 hours.

    I wish you could come to my house so I could show you how I do it! Sorry about your ruined turkey.

    ETA: I took a look at the recipe you linked to, and noticed that it only calls for 3T of kosher salt. The recipe I follow calls for at least double that amount. So maybe your recipe doesn't use enough salt for it to really work its way into the fibers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wencit View Post
    Sorry to hear it didn't go well for you. I just finished my lunch of turkey leftovers and was thinking to myself how deeply seasoned the meat was all the way down to the bone. I didn't even need gravy, it was that flavorful and moist. I hate bland meat. I'm very, very liberal when I apply the salt, and I dry brine for at least 48 hours.

    I wish you could come to my house so I could show you how I do it! Sorry about your ruined turkey.

    ETA: I took a look at the recipe you linked to, and noticed that it only calls for 3T of kosher salt. The recipe I follow calls for at least double that amount. So maybe your recipe doesn't use enough salt for it to really work its way into the fibers?
    One of the other recipes about dry brine cautioned about too much salt so it freaked me out. I used 1/3c of kosher salt.
    I noticed in your link that if said to cover it. Other cooking shows and recipes said not to. Do you cover yours? We didnít. 🤷*♀️


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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuggleBuggles View Post
    One of the other recipes about dry brine cautioned about too much salt so it freaked me out. I used 1/3c of kosher salt.
    I noticed in your link that if said to cover it. Other cooking shows and recipes said not to. Do you cover yours? We didn’t. 路*♀️
    My turkey is well coated with salt. If it bothers you, you can brush off any excess salt before roasting. I err on the side of too much salt than not enough. Like I said, I hate bland meat.

    Yes, I do cover it with plastic wrap because otherwise too much moisture can be lost through evaporation. Maybe that also contributed to your dry bird?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wencit View Post
    My turkey is well coated with salt. If it bothers you, you can brush off any excess salt before roasting. I err on the side of too much salt than not enough. Like I said, I hate bland meat.

    Yes, I do cover it with plastic wrap because otherwise too much moisture can be lost through evaporation. Maybe that also contributed to your dry bird?
    The anti-covering people were so persuasive! I should have followed my gut on that one.


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    Back here to say my turkey was a success!!!! yes, the frozen pre-basted turkey was great. I used Joy of cooking recipe-but carrot, celery, onion,herbs in the cavity. Roasted it upside down for 2 hours and then right side up for 1.5 hours. Basted with lots of butter. It was reallly good!!! Very proud of myself!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StantonHyde View Post
    Back here to say my turkey was a success!!!! yes, the frozen pre-basted turkey was great. I used Joy of cooking recipe-but carrot, celery, onion,herbs in the cavity. Roasted it upside down for 2 hours and then right side up for 1.5 hours. Basted with lots of butter. It was reallly good!!! Very proud of myself!!!!!
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