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Take your turkey from ho hum to yum with a choice of seasonings, brine mixes and marinades. They're a deliciously easy way to add flavor to your bird.
Basting a Turkey
Basting is an easy cooking technique that keeps meats moist while cooking and adds flavor. It's used when roasting or grilling meats. The meat is left to cook, and periodically coated with the juice. Generally, you'll baste turkey every 30 - 45 minutes. Common bastings for turkey include; melted butter, pan drippings, broth and oils.
Tip: Try H-E-B Basting Oil with a blend of thyme, garlic and parsley. It's nothing short of magical for roasting turkey. See recipe for Flavor Rocket White Wine Baste.
Marinating a Turkey
Marinades are a great way to add complimentary flavor to turkey. Here's some tips when choosing to marinade a turkey:
Brining a Turkey
Brine adds moisture to the turkey before it's cooked. This helps the turkey retain juices during the cooking process. It's best to wet or dry brine a turkey for 24 - 48 hours prior to roasting, grilling, smoking or deep frying.
Tip: Be sure to choose a turkey that isn't already brined. It's best to purchase a turkey with no added ingredients, like an H-E-B Natural Turkey.
What's the difference between wet and dry brine?
Wet brining requires submerging the whole turkey in a salt and sugar solution for a period of time; check the wet brine time chart to determine how long to brine. The turkey will soak in moisture and seasonings used in the wet brine solution.
Tip: You must wet brine for at least 1 hour per pound of turkey but no more than 24 hours.
Wet Brine Time Chart
Dry brining works in the same way, except no water is used. The turkey will be coated with dry herbs and seasoning for 48 hours in the refrigerator. The turkey will absorb the dry brine forming a salty liquid that is reabsorbed into the meat with a higher salt concentration.
Watch H-E-B Chef Scott demonstrate how to dry brine a turkey. Watch Video
For more great tips, check out the full H-E-B guide to cooking turkey.
How to Carve a Turkey
H-E-B Chef Brent demonstrates the best way to carve and plate a turkey. Watch this step by step video and get a recipe for jalapeno cranberry relish to serve with your turkey.
How to Make a Turkey Roulade
Chef Charlotte from H-E-B shows us how to create a simple Poblano Turkey Roulade recipe.
How to Dry Brine a Turkey
H-E-B Chef Scott demonstrates how to dry brine a turkey and the difference between dry and wet brine.
How to Brick Grill a Turkey
H-E-B Chef Scott demonstrates how to brick grill a turkey.
How to Make a Turkey and Brie Sandwich
Watch this video to see how easy it is to make roasted pear butter at home for a delicious turkey and brie sandwich.
How to Make a Beer Can Turkey
H-E-B Chef Charlotte demonstrates cooking a beer can turkey on a backyard grill.
How to Deep Fry a Turkey
Chef Charlotte shows us how to deep fry a turkey Texas style--Honey Chipotle Deep Fried Turkey.
How to Make Bourbon Smoked Turkey
Watch how to brine and smoke a turkey Texas style--Bourbon Smoked Turkey.
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