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View Poll Results: What kind of Turkey did you buy?
Fresh - I'll brine it myself 3 14.29%
Fresh - I'll butter/oil it myself 2 9.52%
Fresh Kosher Pre-Brined 0 0%
Fresh or Frozen Organic or Free-Range 2 9.52%
Frozen Inexpensive - Self-basting 4 19.05%
Frozen Young Turkey 9 42.86%
Butterball 1 4.76%
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:09 AM   #21
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Okay I'm on thin ice here with all you Turkey experts, this is how I do mine.
I make my stuffing using a base of minced fat belly pork, breadcrumbs eggs and anything else I fancy, I stuff the crop only then sew it up. I then wrap the legs in thick foil. I have a V shaped roasting trivet I place the bird breast down into it, stick halved onions into the chest cavity.
I turn it over and remove the foil for the last 30 to 40 mins, I then let it rest for 30 to 40 mins.
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:12 AM   #22
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I go with a cheap frozen turkey myself.These are brined by way if injecting a saltwater solution in to the meat.The solution gets in there just fine.I have brined birds before and didn't notice anything different.
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:15 PM   #23
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I started out brining Cornish Game Hens, then to a chicken. I have yet to brine a turkey, no pot big enough!

I'm soon on my way to get my fresh, free range turkey parts I pre-ordered. Last year I did a whole 20 lb free range, it was great and we had turkey forever. This year I ordered a whole breast from a 15 pounder, back, neck and giblets, I'll be watching while the butcher cuts my bird. A friend of mine is getting the legs, thighs and wings for extras with his 15 lb turkey.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:33 PM   #24
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As I mentioned on another thread, my son is doing a 20lb bird on his Webber grill. I have gladly passed the turkey baton to him, as it's always the most outstanding turkey ever! I think he just gets the least expensive one, and injects it with Cajun marinade.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:56 PM   #25
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We usually buy the frozen turkeys. Unless our butcher offers up fresh.

Brining a Turkey for some would be considered over kill. Most frozen Turkeys are already injected with a brine solution. I think it comes down to what is available to you at the time. Or how you prefer your bird to be prepped.

Dry brining is easy. I like to after the birds been cleaned, to loosen the skin all around. Makes it easier to apply the rub. Wrassling big birds kind of fun :)
Take 1 cup of Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and dried sage. A nice poulty seasoning mix, add what you want. Mix it all together. Wrassle the bird. Brush on some olive oil to the skin and roast on a rack. Comes out flavorful and juicy every time.

Here's a few links on brining.
Brining Technique For Cooking Meat and Chicken

Dad Cooks Dinner: Rotisserie Recipes on DadCooksDinner

Dad Cooks Dinner: Rotisserie Turkey, Dry Brined with Orange and Spices
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:02 PM   #26
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I'm kinda surprised I'm the only one getting a fresh turkey and that no one is getting a Butterball. Actually, Im getting a fresh Butterball.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:06 PM   #27
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I'm kinda surprised I'm the only one getting a fresh turkey and that no one is getting a Butterball. Actually, Im getting a fresh Butterball.
I am getting a fresh turkey! Or at least the parts, my butcher appointment is @ 2 pm My Standard Time.

I'm the lone vote on: Fresh or Frozen Organic or Free-Range
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:27 PM   #28
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I'm kinda surprised I'm the only one getting a fresh turkey and that no one is getting a Butterball. Actually, Im getting a fresh Butterball.
Butterballs are injected. If I can I try to find one that isn't or minimal. Purdue doesn't inject but I can't find one around here.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:31 PM   #29
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Butterballs are injected. If I can I try to find one that isn't or minimal. Purdue doesn't inject but I can't find one around here.

Patty, frozen Butterballs are injected. Fresh Butterballs are not.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:46 PM   #30
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Patty, frozen Butterballs are injected. Fresh Butterballs are not.

Not according to their web site. Butterball - Whole Turkey - Fresh Whole Turkey
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