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I made just enough to cover a whole chicken breast and cooked it using your rapid roast method. The meat was so very juicy. I would brine more often if I would plan my dinners a little better. It's so worth it. Thank you!
Used this recipe today, for Thanksgiving. Brined our turkey about 26 hours and then used an oil free turkey fryer. (For those of you that are not familiar with this wonderful method of "frying", Google: Char-broil The Big Easy Oil-less Fryer. It is great and tastes the same as frying with 5 gallons of oil!) we roasted a seconds turkey that was not brined, also. Needless to say, my entire family devoured the brined turkey, leaving the roasted turkey for leftovers! As my husband was carving the brined turkey, a few family members kept "testing the meat to assure it was good enough to serve"! Lucky we got some to the table! I have finally found a recipe to hang on to for each holiday! Thanks, Kittencal! I have tried many of your recipes and have loved them all!
EXCELLENT recipe! I used this yesterday for Thanksgiving and everyone raved that it was the best turkey they had ever tasted. I used only 28 cups of liqud. I replaced 4 cups of the water with Southern Comfort (24 cups warm water and 4 cups of Southern Comfort). It gave the skin a slightly sweet, "wow" what is that taste. Thanks for the recipe!
I've used this brine for several Thanksgiving turkey meals. It is my go to brine. Printing off again to use for this Thanksgiving!
Followed this and Kittencals Perfect Roasted Whole Turkey. Made an amazing and juicy turkey.
I never used Brine before, this made the best Turkey ever, so moist and tender. I also used your Turkey recipe with this. It turned out to be the best Turkey I ever made. Thank you for posting this recipe.
We used this brine with a few additions on an 18 pound turkey and it came out marvelous! We added a couple of tablespoons of chopped fresh ginger and 2 bayleaves. We cook our turkeys a day ahead, slice, and reheat in the crockpot on Thanksgiving day for ease in serving. My DH just finished slicing it, and I can't stop nibbling on it; it's so moist and flavorful. One word of warning, however. We failed to rinse the turkey after removing from the brine and you can really taste the salt. So don't omit this step if you're concerned about the salt intake. We will be sure to use a brine from now on for a moist, flavorful turkey.
We used this brine on a 15 lb turkey. It worked out OK but I really couldn't distinguish the taste of the brown sugar and garlic. I cut the recipe in half and placed the turkey in a cooking bag to sit for 2 days. I also found that when using a brine, the turkey cooked alot faster...so next time, I will cut my cooking time down by at least 30 minutes. Sorry Kitten...but I think I will go back to your buttermilk brine next time...that is my all time favorite!!!
I used Kittencal's brining recipe and her roasted turkey recipe for Thanksgiving and it was an absolute hit! It was hand's down the BEST turkey I've ever cooked or eaten!!! I've never cared for white meat until now - it was always too dry. Not so with these two recipes! My Christmas Eve turkey is in Kittencal's brining recipe right now. I'm so thrilled that you shared your turkey recipes and personally want to thank you Kittencal! P.S. I'm now a dedicated follower!
I made my turkey this way for Thanksgiving this year and it was the best we have ever had. Very moist and wonderful flavor. I will not make a turkey again without using this brine. Thank you.