We all look for hints for having the juiciest turkey for our special holiday dinners. I stopped buying the expensive name-brand varieties that have bits of butter injected into the meat. I do it myself with a poultry syringe you can purchase at your local grocery store or online from Amazon.
Holiday Turkey Cooking Hints
1st hint: For my solution to inject into the bird I just mix into about a 1 1/2 cups of water crushed garlic, finely chopped onion, salt, course pepper and any other herb you may like such as sage, thyme, etc. The amounts is what you feel is fitting to your personal taste. I put this into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
While preparing your turkey and completely stuffed allow the solution to cool to a workable temperature and pour through a strainer. Discard the solids you collected. With the solution is still very warm remove some and add to a regular sized coffee mug. Add some room temperature butter equal to the amount of the liquid and briskly mix with a fork to blend.
Immediately add to a syringe and inject your turkey deeply into the meat. If the solution cools too much where the butter doesn’t mix well, just microwave the mug (not the syringe) for a few seconds – about 5-10 sec. should be enough.
Repeat until you have adequately injected the turkey including the legs and wings.
Flip your bird!
2nd hint: Another thing to ensure your turkey breasts are juicy is to roast your turkey upside down (breast side down) for the first hour or so on a V-shaped cooking rack. If you don’t have one of those you can use bunched up foil as wedges. You may have to place This will allow the juices from the dark meat to collect in the breast meat. As the meat cooks for that first hour or so it helps trap the juices in the meat.
When you are ready to flip the bird over, remove pan from your oven and if you used foil for wedges this will be the time to remove that. Using an adequate thickness of paper towels or heavy duty poultry lifters flip the turkey with the breasts up and finish roasting. Before returning to the oven baste the turkey and you can add your spices and/or paprika to the outside of the meat.
Have a great Holiday Season!