Cooking the bird upside down?
Posted November 19 2012 - 2:52 PM
Posted November 19 2012 - 3:31 PM
The main reason some folks do that with a whole bird is that the legs and thighs take longer to cook than the breast. So to get those parts done, you need to cook the turkey longer, and that dries out the breast. Cooking a whole bird upside down (or doing the multiple turn on it's side thing like I do) exposes the legs and thighs to the hotter part of the oven, and protects the breast.
With a bird that has no legs and thighs, you don't have that worry, so just cook it right side up until the breast is done.
Most hotel style turkey breasts are "enhanced" so they are basically already brined. (Not really, but sort of.) You can still brine it if you like to add additional flavors. My basic turkey or chicken brine is 1/2 cup kosher salt per gallon of water, a can of frozen apple or orange juice concentrate, and then various herbs and spices such as sage, bay leaves, thyme, allspice, sometimes crushed juniper berries.
But for just the breast, you are better off just getting an injector and injecting the breast with a mixture of melted garlic butter, a bit of turkey/chicken stock, and a bit of white wine. Toss in some poultry seasoning to the broth if you like.
Ocean State Job Lot has injectors for about $3 if you do not already have one.........
Posted November 19 2012 - 3:39 PM
Eh I never use a recipe other then the ratio of salt and water. Then I just throw in a bunch of junk, garlic cloves, onions, ginger, allspice whole, bunch of other whole spices, bunch of dry herbs. Then for liquid I go beer or wine, lemon juice, maybe soy sauce, maybe hot sauce, maybe a squirt or too of vinegar, lime juice, agave nectar/maplesyrup/honey, and god knows what else I put in a brine. Once I start dumping crap in I don't stop
Posted November 19 2012 - 4:13 PM
I cook the turkey upside down except for the last 60 - 90 minutes. When I flip it.
Breast is always moist. Always.
Posted November 19 2012 - 4:25 PM
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