To brine or not to brine...
November 21, 2007 3:20 PM Subscribe
So I know you aren't supposed to brine a butterball turkey, but I've already bought the turkey and all the brining stuff, what's the worst that can happen?
posted by whoaali to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sorry if this is a repeat, but I've searched through the archives and couldn't find anything on this exactly. Googling said you shouldn't, however no one seemed to actually have had any bad results doing it, just in theory it could be too salty (and there was a lot of anti butterball sentiment). I know you don't have to brine it, but I want to brine it for the flavoring (and it would be such a waste not too!). I'm using orange juice, broth, salt, and spices to brine it. Could I just use less salt? (or would that defeat the purpose?) Brine it for less time?
It's a 14 pound turkey and it's pre basted. I've never cooked a turkey before so I don't want to mess it up! I especially want to hear from anyone that has actually done this.