Try these delicious different styles – St George News

This photo from an Associated Press file shows a Thanksgiving turkey in Concord, New Hampshire, November 2, 2009 | Photo by Larry Crowe, St. George News

Street. George – Time to tackle the turkey tradition with our holiday meal planning and prep, and turkey is often the most intimidating. People are looking for new ways to make sure the turkey they serve to family and friends is not dry and bland.

Thanksgiving Grocery St. George, Utah, Nov 2021 | Photo by Adele Park, St. George News

Meal Kits Canada dug deep into Google Trends data and found that over the past 30 days, searches for “how to cook turkey” increased 233% worldwide. And the results look a little less traditional. Many home cooks might try new ways to prepare their plumper poultry at Thanksgiving.

Spoiler alert: Despite new advances in cooking technology and the unique kitchen tools available to consumers, home cooks still prefer to go the traditional route when cooking turkey. Regardless, here are some of the best options.

The most popular way to prepare turkey

Brine

According to Epicurious, salt water gives you the best possible bird. Soaking a turkey in this brine solution forces the bird to absorb moisture, to the point where it weighs more after the brine.

Adding citrus fruits, spices, and herbs like rosemary, sage, and thyme to your brewing solution can help boost flavor with minimal effort. You can get creative with your flavor additions and adapt them to suit your tastes.

Spatchcocked

Spatchcocking turkey is a method that originated with Mark Bittman, a New York Times food writer, in 2002. It has long been used for chicken but has grown in popularity for the ready-made preparation. Dramatically reduces turkey cooking time by providing more surface area – meat cooks quickly. how fast? Imagine cooking a turkey in half the time.

It can be a little intimidating because it requires removing the backbone and then squeezing and flattening the bird so it looks like a butterfly. But the bird cooks evenly and becomes crispy because you expose all of the skin to the heat of the oven. So you get a juicier turkey in less time and you get more time to watch football on the couch.

smoker

Do you prefer sweet, smoky, and tender turkey? Smoked turkey is for you. However, it does require more time to ensure that the meat is cooked and reaches a safe internal temperature.

This “set it and forget it” method is very popular because you simply leave the bird alone for a few hours to do its thing. Using aromatic wood, spice rubs, and fat can add flavor to your smoked turkey as it cooks.

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dry brine

Dry salting, also called pre-salting, is an easier alternative to its wet counterpart because it does not require soaking in water. Salt and spices are rubbed directly on the bird under the skin, then left to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours. The salt pulls the moisture out of the turkey and creates its own brine without adding any liquid.

Jenn Segal of Once Upon a Chef says, “When it comes to turkey, brine drying is much easier than wet brine and essentially accomplishes the same thing. The salt in the brine not only deeply tenderises the meat, but also ensures that the turkey bakes tender.” and fabulous with a crispy golden skin.” Find Jane’s delicious recipe for Herbed & Brown Sugar Salted Dry Turkey at Once on Chef.

Oven charred

Roasting has become less popular recently because it takes a long time and often results in dry meat. But you can still get a delicious turkey this way. Oven-roasted turkeys require more preparation and roasting time. Since there is no moisture and the heat is constant, some parts of the bird can cook faster than others resulting in dry meat if they are not properly seared throughout the cooking time.

Says Cynthia of What A Girl Eats, “Roasting the turkey is the easiest part of the meal. Make sure it’s completely thawed. Instead of stuffing the bird with sauce, try filling the cavity with lemon wedges and fresh herbs. It’ll cook faster, and the flavor is amazing.”

intense fear

Fried turkey is a staple that became popular in the ’70s, especially in the South, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Deep frying results in a golden bird with crispy skin and tender meat. Alton Brown of the Food Network recommends soaking them in a mixture of kosher salt and brown sugar for 8-16 hours before frying. Compared to other methods, this is one of the fastest ways to cook turkey.

Some people shy away from frying a turkey because it requires heating a gallon of oil to 350°F using propane tanks. In the United States, fire departments are responding to at least 1,000 fires caused by deep fat fryers. To ensure the turkey is cooked safely, thaw and dry the bird thoroughly, if not in brine, and be careful.

Air fried

Are you hosting the Little Friends Giving this year? An air fryer might be your answer. Air fryers have become popular because they give you a crispy fried taste without all the oil and in half the time.

According to the NPD Group, air fryer sales have increased 76% in the past two years. You can easily cook a baby turkey in an air fryer, but you will have to cut it into pieces to fit it in a conventional air fryer. Covering the turkey with a dash of seasoning will add some savory flavour.

grilled

Try grilling or roasting your turkey if you really want to change up your traditional Thanksgiving meal. It provides juicy flesh, crispy skin, and smoky flavor.

According to CNBC, more than $1.8 billion worth of grills, smokers, and stoves were sold between March and May in the United States. Traeger Grill reported revenue of $235.6 million in the first three months of 2021, up 107% year-over-year. Grilling and grilling rates skyrocketed during the pandemic while everyone else stayed at home, and many people see grilling as a new hobby to invest in.

“Using my Traeger to cook my turkey not only frees up desirable oven space, but also results in the best tasting turkey I’ve ever had,” says Andrew Karpiak of Kamloops Living.

In addition to freeing up space in the oven for other dishes, broiling or grilling is a healthier way to cook poultry and requires less fat than other traditional methods. You can stuff your turkey with onions, lemons, oranges, and herbs to add fall flavor. Be sure to use a digital thermometer to ensure your bird is cooked to the perfect temperature.

Although home cooks have many new ways to cook turkey, they still go the traditional route of marinating their birds the wet way. Whatever method you choose to prepare and cook your turkey this year, don’t take more than you can handle. Keep it simple and focus on spending time with your loved ones.

By Karen Kelly, via Wealth of Geeks for the Associated Press

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