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Old 04-06-2007, 07:27 PM   #1
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Beginner briner has questions

OK, I've bought some kosher salt, have a pot big enough for my whole chicken and I'm almost ready to go. This is for a chicken that I intend to oven roast tomorrow (Saturday), but reheat and serve for lunch on Sunday. So far, I only have two questions:

Do I use sugar or not? And if not, does that mean I should increase the amount of salt used?


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Old 04-06-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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Sugar is optional. If you choose to skip the sugar, keep the salt quantity the same. You can also flavor the brine with your favorite herbs and spices.

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Old 04-07-2007, 12:32 AM   #3
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i posted a few brining recipes on here. i'll check to see if they are still listed.

i stick with equal parts kosher salt and sugar (white or brown), and i almost ALWAYS add-in a little dark rum.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:21 AM   #4
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I would add the sugar.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:28 AM   #5
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And I would skip the sugar.

It is one of those things that you will have to try both ways to see which works for you as there is no right or wrong answer. It is all up to personal taste. The sugar does not make the brine work or not work. It just makes it taste more to your liking or less to you liking.

Those that use sugar in their brines usually say that it does not make the meat taste sweet, but it actually brings out the savory flavor in the meat. It is sort of the same way that a little salt will help bring out the flavor in chocolate.
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Old 04-07-2007, 06:49 PM   #6
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I'm going with no sugar this time and see how it works. Thanks for all the help!

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