Thursday, 27 December 2012

Brine Your Birds!!

I first came to know about brining while watching Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection series. It was about how to cook the perfrect roast chicken. He explained the very first step which is brining; a method of immersing poultry in a 30% salted water to allow water to seep into the chicken overnight. As a result the next day any poultry will look plumped. This allows any poultry to stay moist as it cooks.
So, I gave my husband the idea to brine our turkey first just for the fun of it. As the turkey is so big, we needed a bucket to have the turkey completely submerged in the salted water. Long story short, I let my husband took over because it really was a man's job like lighting a barbecue or grilling. No wonder men would make a great cook if they really try.

So, the next morning we woke up to a plumped up turkey!!!Then we stuffed and marinated the turkey before putting it in the oven with a foil placed around the tray to protect the skin from burning up. While it's cooking basting should be done every 30 minutes and at the last half an hour remove the foil and let the skin crispen and turn golden. Et voila!! After resting for about 45 minutes, the turkey is ready to be served!!  A turkey can take up to 3 hours of cooking depending on the size. As a rule of thumb, 35 minutes per kilo will be sufficient to have the turkey cooked completely.The result was a finger lickin' roast turkey. The theory worked and we probably would brine our chicken from now on.

That's brining checked and accomplished. Next time I am going to try and cook my poultry low and slow to preserve the flavour inside. According to Heston Blumenthal, aroma is lost flavour, so by cooking it low and slow the flavour will be kept inside.
You should try it too. There are loads of recipe for brining online. Depending on the type of your poultry (chicken, turkey, quail etc.) the amount of salt that should be added needs to be around 30%. More, it would not serve the purpose. So good luck and see you in the next post!!

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