Chef Jodi is dishing out some wise words to prep for the big Turkey Day!
If you haven’t already, mark your calendars: Thanksgiving is November 27, 2014. And while you’re at it, start marking other important prepping dates for the big day! We know that all of the cooking, decorating, greeting, etc. can make Thanksgiving hectic. That’s why Chef Jodi is dishing out some tips to keep you afloat and ahead of the (Turkey) game this year!
First and foremost: stay organized!
There’s always that one ingredient we forget and have to run to the store to get. And of course, there’s always a million people at the grocery store also trying to get their one ingredient, too. Save yourself the hassle of trying to shop the day before or the day of, and have your shopping completely done in advance! Make your list, shop early, delegate tasks and absolutely avoid the stores Wednesday and on.
Organization is your best asset to have a smooth and successful holiday cooking spree!
The Debate: Dry v. Wet Brine (and what’s the difference?)
Brining is important, since it ensures for a very moist turkey. There are two ways to brine a turkey, and Chef Jodi is summarizing both methods (below):
Dry brine: heavily schmearing a turkey with a rub of various spices. Once the turkey has been thoroughly schmeared, it is wrapped securely with saran wrap, and is left to sit in the refrigerator for approximately 36 hours before being roasted accordingly.
Wet brine: bring a pot full of water and herbs of your choice to a boil. Once the water has cooled, submerge the turkey into the pot and place in the refrigerator for 36 hours.
To wet brine or to dry brine…which is better? To be honest, both are absolutely delicious methods, and Chef Jodi has plans for both!
Chef Jodi said, “This year, we will have two turkeys. One I will wet brine and then fry. For the second, I will dry brine and then smoke in my Traeger Smoker and Grill. We’re sure that both turkey dishes will be a huge hit for our holiday guests!”
The most important piece of advice:
Enjoy your holiday! Good food and good company are among the finer things in life. We wish the best of luck in cooking your holiday meals, and we wish a happy holiday to all.
Happy Thanksgiving from Lajollacooks4u!
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