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Old 11-22-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default Turkey Injection?

I know that most people who fry turkeys inject them with some form of "marinade" Does anybody do this for for oven roasted. I am not able to experiment this year with my own turkeybreast (normally smoke one, but money is tight, and fear of impending NY state employee layoff have put that on the back burner, pun intended)
I want to try to add a little flavor to my bird this year.

Any suggestions? I would appreciate it. Thanks all.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:53 AM   #2
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There was an article in the Washington Post last week that covered this.

To really get moisture, such as basting juices, into the meat, you need a syringe, which is why some recipes call for injecting the bird with liquid or fat before cooking. That is a trick often used by commercial producers, which inject water or brine using hundreds of tiny needles. But domestic food syringes make larger holes that create an easy escape route for the liquid you just added. I instead use the syringe to inject juices after cooking. When the flesh is cooked it is much spongier, and this is a great way to add flavor and moisture to the meat.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...111801402.html
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:06 AM   #3
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I have injected my birds over the years, (butter, cajun, custom oils/vinegars/Italian) but last year we did a brine, and I will never go back. We used a combination of water, sea salt, wild turkey 101 burbon (very hard to pour it in, knowing it will not be consumed in the traditional manner) and other seasoning, and the bird was as moist and tasty as any I have fried, grilled, smoked or roasted. I will get the specifics of the brine solution and post it when I find the damn thing.....
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I did a show WAY back in the late 80's with one of the first ever infomercial type deals, first shopping channel ever, in fact. It was for the Cajun Injector, which was pretty regional back then, but now can be found in almost any large grocery store. Usually they have a mason jar of juice with an injector shrink-wrapped to the bottle. Syringe is pretty durable and lasts forever, but juice can be bought in bottles again or can be your own experiment. Some combination of brine, broth, spices, worchestishire sauce, hot sauce, etc. Look in the section with the BBQ sauce, worsh, etc. The needle is specially designed, with 3-4 exit holes around the needle. In fact, the point has no hole, it is semi-pointed and solid. The juice comes out the sides of the needle. http://www.cajuninjector.com/

but like I said, you can step out to a large grocery store and find em. In fact, they should be on special display now that it IS thanksgiving.
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