brining a store bought turkey

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by doubled, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. doubled

    doubled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Madrid, New Mexico
    so, as much as i would love to support a local farmer and buy a nice natural fresh turkey, $0.48 lb for any type of meat is too good for me to pass up. especially when i have the freezer space to buy two and keep one frozen and cook the other. this is why i end up with a freezer full of corned beef in march, ham in december and april and turkeys this time of year.

    anyway, these are the "contains up to 8% of a solution for added moisture" types of turkey and i am going to smoke them. in the past i have brined fresh birds before smoking them and my question is this, does that solution act as a brine and if i go ahead and brine them myself, will they end up being double brined and way too salty? or should i just thaw then out and stick them in the smoker?

  2. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    I might be wrong...but my understanding is that if it says:

    "In natural juices" = brined
    "in a natural solution of stock and blah blah" = brined
    "water added" = brined

    They're all like that except the "air-chilled" ones I see, or flash frozen ones that dont have any solutions at all.

    Now I dont think it wil really make that much of a diff if you are doing it at home.... probably wouldnt brine as long unless it is a flash frozen one <non-brined>

    EDITED: Meant to say that I wouldnt brine at all being a regular turkey... not sure why the "as long" got in there [​IMG] I shouldnt type when i am tired....
    I get the fresh ones with no solutions/water/etc added...I brine mine.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2009
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    what they have done already replaces the need to brine.
    If you brine it now you run the risk of an overly moist, mushy, spongy turkey after cooking.
  4. doubled

    doubled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Madrid, New Mexico
    that's what i thought...thanks very much
  5. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Brining works via osmosis, the salt allows mosture to get thru cell membraines adding to a moister bird, but only so much can be intakes (think of a sponge, you can only get so much water in). Brine if you'd like (we still do), and then when you pull from the brine, rinse and dry and the extra salt will wash off.
  6. ChickenChaps

    ChickenChaps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Malabar, FL
  7. doubled

    doubled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Madrid, New Mexico
    wow...did that ever get nerdy...
    thanks so much for the stuff...i think i have to bookmark that website

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