November 28, 2015

Simple & Sweet Turkey Brine

Turkey Brining

Turkey Brining

In preparation for a delicious Turkey fry with friends, I made my Sweet & Delicious Turkey brine today.
Brining a turkey is quite simple. With the turkey already de-thawed and roughly 24-hours prior to cooking (frying in this case) submerge the entire turkey in the brine while keeping the turkey cold. Since the bucket I am using for brining (a Vintner’s bucket) will not fit in our refrigerator, I am going to set the bucket outside as the temps are in the thirties. If you the route of placing the bucket outside be sure to watch the temp to avoid any freezing. Prior to cooking the turkey, remove it from the brine and rinse the turkey with cold water. If you will be frying the turkey, you need to dry the turkey off BEFORE putting the turkey in the fryer.

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine Ingredients

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine Ingredients

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine

  • 1 gallon of cold water (16 cups or 4 quarts)
  • 4 quarts (1 gallon) of hot water
  • 1 cup of kosher salt
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • .5 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of peppercorns
  • 4 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  1. Fill a large pan/bucket with 1 gallon of cold water. This bucket will need to be refrigerator so choose your bucket size accordingly. Due to the cold temperatures I typically set mine outside.
  2. Heat up 4 quarts of water on the stove.
  3. Mix in the salt and sugar in with the 4 quarts of hot water. Stir until both completely dissolve. Then turn off the heat.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the hot water and stir.
  5. Add the hot brine mixture to the cold gallon of water to start cooling the mixture to room temperature.
  6. Prepare the turkey for brining by removing the giblets and rinsing the turkey throughly.
  7. Once the brine has cooled room temperature, place the turkey in the brine solution breast first. If the turkey is not completely covered by the brine you can add some additional water. Otherwise you can rotate the turkey during the brining to ensure consistent flavoring.
  8. Refrigerate for 24-hours. If the turkey is not completely covered by the brine, be sure to rotate the turkey during the 24-hours.  In a 6-gallon bucket my 12.5 lb turkey was covered with 2-gallons of brine.
  9. After 24-hours remove the turkey from the brine solution and rinse the turkey throughly under cold water.
  10. Once cleaned, pat the turkey dry with paper towels and puncture a few holes into the turkey to allow the brine to soak in deeper. You are now ready to cook the turkey.

If you have used this brine recipe and process please comment below to let my know how it worked for you and how we can improve it.

~Nathan

November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving

Just a peek into our Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Thanksgiving 2012

~Nathan

November 23, 2012

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brining

Checkout my new simpler process for using the Sweet & Delicious brine

Turkey Brining

Turkey Brining

In preparation for a delicious Turkey fry with friends tomorrow, I made my Sweet & Delicious Turkey brine today.
Brining a turkey is quite simple. With the turkey already de-thawed and roughly 24-hours prior to cooking (frying in this case) submerge the entire turkey in the brine while keeping the turkey cold. Since the bucket I am using for brining (a Vintner’s bucket) will not fit in our refrigerator, I am going to set the bucket outside as the temps are in the thirties. If you the route of placing the bucket outside be sure to watch the temp to avoid any freezing. Prior to cooking the turkey, remove it from the brine and rinse the turkey with cold water. If you will be frying the turkey, you need to dry the turkey off BEFORE putting the turkey in the fryer.

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine Ingredients

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine Ingredients

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine

Sweet & Delicious Turkey Brine

  • 2 gallons of warm water (32 cups)
  • 1 cup of kosher salt
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • .5 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of peppercorns
  • 4 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  1. Fill a large pan/bucket with 2 gallons of warm water. This bucket will need to be refrigerator so choose your bucket size accordingly. Due to the cold temperatures I typically set mine outside.
  2. Mix in the salt and sugar. Stir until both completely dissolve.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and stir.
  4. Bring mixture to room temperature. While the brine was coming to room temperature I prepared the turkey for brining by removing the giblets and rinsing the turkey throughly. I also added ice to the brine to speed up the reduction of the temperature.
  5. Once the mixture is at room temperature, place the turkey in the brine solution breast first. If the turkey is not completely covered by the brine you can add some additional water (not more than a couple of cups) or you can rotate the turkey during the brining.
  6. Refrigerate for 24-hours. If the turkey is not completely covered by the brine, be sure to rotate the turkey during the 24-hours.  In a 6-gallon bucket my 12.5 lb turkey was covered with 2-gallons of brine.
  7. After 24-hours remove the turkey from the brine solution and rinse the turkey throughly under cold water.
  8. Once cleaned, pat the turkey dry with paper towels. You are now ready to cook the turkey.
~Nathan

November 30, 2009

Our Thanksgiving Weekend

We had our own little Thanksgiving at home this year, this is the first year that I haven’t spent the holiday with one family or another… Kind of weird.

We ate around 2pm. Had a nice leisurely day at home. Matthew came over for a few hours and the boys played Halo.

Friday Nathan dropped me at Jessica’s at 6am. Polly met us there too. We all loaded up in Polly’s truck (which she had stocked with donuts for breakfast, excellent thinking P- they were much appreciated!) and headed out. We shopped from then until around 2pm. Then headed back to Jessica’s and wrapped some gifts.

Polly and I had decided we wanted to take advantage of the TV deals going on but didn’t want to wait in line at Target. On Thanksgiving I found a good deal at Sam’s Club so reserved 2 TV’s and we picked them up on the way back to my house so Polly could drop me and our new TV off. We love our new TV!!! It’s part of our Christmas gift to each other this year. Plus we got a really good deal!

Later that night Kevin called and was wondering if we wanted to see a movie with him (it was his bday). He wanted to see 2012, so we headed over to pick him up (he can’t drive for the next 3 months) and went and saw that. It was a great movie, highly suggest it!

Saturday was homework day. Then church and date night. We saw New Moon, it was really good, way better than Twilight. After that we hit up Applebee’s for half priced appetizer’s, num! Except the place was PACKED!!! Full of a bunch of teenager’s. It was weird to realize how long ago it was that I was part of that world, lol.

Sunday was chore day! Nathan finished up the rest of our homemade Christmas gifts and I worked on my portion of homemade gifts. I ironed ALL of Nathan’s work clothes, which I did as I watched The Bodyguard, yes it took me a whole movie to iron his clothes!!! I wasn’t even moving extra slow or anything, ironing is so annoying!

I then proceeded to clean out both of our closet’s. There are so many clothes neither of us wear and it was time to purge and pass them along to people who can really use them. I dropped off an entire car load at Chap’s on my lunch today…

Anywho, so excited, only 2 more weeks of school this semester! I am so incredibly ready for our 4 week break! 1/3 of that break will be spent in Puerto Rico!!! YAY!!!!

Anywho, hope all is well and everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

~Amy
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