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Good Eats Roast Turkey

I’ve made about five Thanksgiving turkeys/turkey breasts using Alton Brown’s recipe for Good Eats Roast Turkey and I get compliments on it every time. The key to Alton Brown’s recipe is his turkey brine, which helps keep a turkey moist during cooking. I used to think that the heavily-salted brine helped keep the turkey moist through some kind of osmosis, but that would mean salt leeches into the turkey while moisture from the turkey leeches out of the turkey. That’s when I turned to Cooking for Engineers‘ explanation of how brining works. In essence, brining allows salt to season the turkey, but the salt also breaks down molecules in the turkey, allowing the turkey to retain moisture.

Since I can’t personally tell you how my turkeys taste when using this recipe, I’ll just show you a picture of this year’s Thanksgiving turkey breast that I made. It’s only a turkey breast since it’s only serving one and it’s already been brined, roasted, and frozen because it’s coming camping with us and getting reheated over the campfire.

It came out a nice golden color!

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Posted by on November 18, 2011.

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  1. Looks very nice Alyssa. you’ll have to let us know how it tastes.

    by Kirk on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

  2. Thanksgiving camping dinner went very well! The turkey was moist, but not as juicy as I had hoped. The carrot macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, turkey, and stuffing were perfect after our 8 mile hike!

    by Alyssa on Dec 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  3. [...] Camp Wishon, we used homemade firestarters to create campfires hot enough to warm up our feast of Good East Roast Turkey breast, Carrot Macaroni and Cheese, garlic bread (I use a recipe from Martha Stewart ), mashed potatoes, [...]

    by Black Bear Diner | Four Letter Life on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:58 am

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