Except for the leftovers, Thanksgiving, 2010 is history at our house. The turkey was the best I’ve ever made I think.
For those who asked about brining, the salt causes the proteins to break down and results in the meat seeming more tender. The salt also causes the meat to absorb liquid and flavors more. In the past, I’ve always made a brine solution in a 5 gallon bucket, stuck the turkey in the liquid and kept it in the fridge for several days. I just didn’t have room in either fridge for that this year and had read about using a dry brine. It worked great and that’s what I will do from now on.
The turkey was rubbed with kosher salt and chopped fresh rosemary, double bagged in plastic trash bags, placed in an ice chest and kept on ice for 3 days. Several times a day I would massage the turkey through the bags. This morning I rinsed it really well, dried it with paper towels, let it come almost to room temp, roasted it for about 4-1/2 hours and it was fantastic. Even Chad thought it was great and he never wants anything but fried turkey.
When Vince and I met, I lived in Louisiana and he lived in GA. One Thanksgiving, I went there for the holidays and decided we should have a full Thanksgiving meal. I had never made a turkey or dressing. My grandma and mom had always done all that and if you’ve ever tried making dressing by getting directions over the phone, you will know what my mom went through. I can’t even remember how our food turned out. But, Vince worked with a couple from Ireland. I knew they had no family in the area so I said “Vince, let’s invite Ann and Tom over for Thanksgiving!” He said “Why?” I said “Well, it’s Thanksgiving!” Vince’s response” The Pilgrims didn’t land in Ireland!” Huh? We didn’t invite them over.
Now I’m off to find a spot in the fridge for all the leftovers and then maybe I’ll try for the 2nd time today to get a nap. Chad was up and out of here to go hunting this morning at 4 a.m. Wal-Mart has a big sale starting at midnight tonight and Chad is going there; Vince might be going too. In the morning at 5 a.m., electronics go on sale at Wal-Mart and Vince wants to go to that. I’m not going anywhere but you can bet I can’t sleep through it all so around here lately, I have to grab sleep any time I can get it. What’s wrong with these people? 🙂