How to Marinate Your Turkey for the Holidays
I love the holidays festivities. Most of all I enjoy cooking and eating. Although I'm caribbean, I do cook an American traditional Thanksgiving meal. The difference between my household holiday meal and the traditional American meal is that we do not make cranberry sauce, and our stuffing is served as a side dish. Most of us place the stuffing inside of the turkey when we serve it and place it on the dinner table.
Day 1: Tuesday night
I thaw the turkey by placing it in a bowl and
allow it to thaw overnight.
We go to bed pretty late in the early morning
hours so I did it around midnight
Day 2: Wednesday morning
The turkey is unwrappped and the liquid or
bloody water is drained.
The neck and gizard is removed from the
inside of the turkey.
P.s I usually remove the excess skin, cut the
butt out and trash it along with the gizard
All turkeys come with a plastic holder to hold
the turkey legs in place. This holding piece is
attached to the inside of the turkey.
I find it quite difficult to remove.
I do not cook my turkey with that
attachement, but sometimes I do use a string
to keep the legs together
Wash off the turkey under cool running water
Place the turkey and the neck back into a clean
Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar, fill the bowl
with cool running water and let it sit for 45 mn
to 1 hour
(Turkey has a strong raw scent to it)
Rinse the turkey over cool running water and
make sure to run the water inside of the turkey
to clean the inside
Lightly add seasoning salt to cover the entire
turkey on both sides and the inside
Sprinkle onion and garlic powder to cover
the entire turkey on both sides and the inside
Lightly sprinkle some New Orleans Cajun
Seasoning on both sides and the inside of
the turkey (optional)
Cover both sides and the inside of the turkey
with some dry parseley
Add 2 -3 tablespoons of green seasoning
Rub all the seasonings and spices on both
Add 1 tablespoon of green seasoning to the
inside of the turkey and use your hands to rub
it into the inside
Make sure to stuff the seasonings and spices
into all the spaces and under the skin
Cover the seasoned turkey with either some
saran wrap or foil
Place the bowl into the refrigerator and chill
Allow all the seasoning and spices to infuse
into the turkey meat to give it an amazing
flavor on Thanksgiving day.
I have enclosed a video tutorial below:
Follow the required temperature and cooking
time that came with your turkey
The temperature and cooking time may vary
according to the weight of your turkey.
You can also use this marinating recipe to
marinate a whole chicken.
Comments of the day!
Please comment and let me know do you bake
or fry your turkey?
Do you bake a turkey or a whole chicken for