Don’t Ruin Thanksgiving
Every year at this time I encounter someone who is at the crossroads. Should I really invest the time in preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving? The question I always ask back is do you want to ruin Thanksgiving or do you want to be a rock star?
It’s really easy to ruin Thanksgiving. Just throw the turkey in a roasting pan with a little seasoning and place it in the oven for hours. You will end up with a turkey that is dry and has little or no flavor. So much so that you will find your guests dousing it with gravy or spreading the cranberry sauce on thick. And you will always be remembered for that flavorless dry turkey. You can imagine the conversations or I know you’ve participated in the conversations. It goes something like this.. How was your Thanksgiving? It was ok. How was the turkey? Oh it was really dry, no flavor. Poor thing. She or he really tried but it was terrible. Sitcom stories for years have been based on this scenario.
Yes I know this sounds cruel but c’mon this day is supposed to be a feast. A day to give thanks. And when you give thanks you put out the best turkey possible. And yes believe it or not Turkey is the easiest thing to prepare on the menu. You just need to invest the time in the preparation. I have to quote the great UCLA basketball coach John Wooden now, “If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”
So what’s the best way to prepare a turkey? The answer in my opinion is brining the turkey.
What is brining? It’s submerging the turkey in salted water in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then allowing it to dry in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Wow 48 hours of preparation? Yup, it sound like a lot but you end up with a juicy bird. The brining adds moisture to the bird and allows the meat to relax and get loose. So when you roast the turkey it really plumps up and gets juicy. Plus the salt in the water brings out the true flavor of the turkey. You will find your guests eating the turkey without any gravy or cranberry sauce. And you will go down in history as knowing how to prepare delicious turkey.
So please invest the time and don’t ruin Thanksgiving.
Here is my recipe for delicious turkey.