How to Inject Flavor in a Turkey to Keep it Moist and Flavorful
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Wondering how to inject flavor in a turkey? One of the biggest challenges I face when preparing a turkey is keeping it moist and full of flavor. I always worry about how the turkey comes out when we have people over for Thanksgiving. After all, the turkey is the centerpiece of the entire Thanksgiving dinner. Once you learn how to inject a turkey, you’ll never have to worry about dry turkey again.
How to Inject Flavor in a Turkey
I would feel horrible if my turkey came out dry and tasteless. One of the ways that people add flavor to their Thanksgiving turkey is by using a traditional spice or meat rubs. While this does add flavor to the turkey, it does nothing to help the turkey stay moist.
Once you learn how to inject flavor in a turkey, you will take care of adding flavor and retaining moisture in one easy step. Using a flavor injector lets you get the flavor deep into the turkey meat itself instead of just on the surface with a spice rub.
A flavor injector is basically a syringe with a needle attached to one end. There are holes in the last portion of the needle that allows the flavoring to be released into the turkey meat.
What do you inject into a turkey?
There are many different liquids you can use to inject flavor into a turkey. The important thing to remember is that any liquid you put into the plastic plunger tube must be strained so that it is a clear liquid. Little pieces of herbs, pulp from citrus juice, etc. will clog up the syringe and not allow the liquid to pass through.
If you want to use something that is not completely clear, make sure that you strain it through cheesecloth before you put it in the plastic plunger tube.
You can inject flavor into a whole turkey or into turkey breasts depending on what you’re cooking. The process is the same. Fill the plunger with the liquid.
How long before cooking do you inject a turkey?
You can inject the turkey up to 36 hours in advance of when you cook it. But, you should let the turkey sit for at least 12 hours after injecting flavor. This allows the flavors a chance to penetrate the turkey meat. Always let the turkey marinate in the refrigerator.
Because I am part of the Good Cook Blogger Program, I received a variety of Thanksgiving tools to review including a Good Cook Flavor Injector.
Is it better to brine or inject a turkey?
I prefer turkey after injecting it with fruit juice. But, you could brine the turkey if you prefer. I think it’s a lot easier to inject flavor in a turkey. And, my preference is to keep my holiday meals as simple as possible. And, this really makes the best Thanksgiving leftover sandwich ever!
How do you inject a turkey without a injector?
It’s a lot easier to use an injector, but you can inject a turkey without one. Simply take a fork and poke holes into the skin of your turkey. Then, place the turkey in a large food service bag and pour the marinade over it. Seal the bag and allow the turkey to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
How to fry a turkey?
If you’re wondering how to fry a turkey, you’ll have to check out the instructions on The Food Network. It’s not something I’ve ever tried, but I’d love to one day. I do think that injecting flavor in a turkey is easier.
Place the turkey or turkey breasts into a roasting pan.
Place your clear liquid in a bowl. Draw the liquid into the syringe by lowering the plunger and then drawing it out slowly. Ideally, you should spread the liquid throughout the turkey using as few puncture holes as possible.
Inject the syringe into the turkey breast and release a bit of the liquid.
Pull the needle out slightly but not completely from the hole. And, continue injecting flavor at different angles from the same hole. Repeat on the other side of the breast. If you are doing a whole turkey, repeat this step in the legs and thighs.
Cover the turkey and refrigerate for at least twelve hours to allow the liquid to flavor through the layers of meat. Cook per package instructions. I use the Good Cook Turkey Timers to tell me when it’s done.
Now that you know how to inject flavor in a turkey, you may want to learn how to marinate chicken with yogurt. Or, if you have leftovers, try these stuffing muffin cups. Or, check out this recipe that uses turkey sausage. If you’re concerned about your heart healthy, check out these heart healthy Thanksgiving tips.
More easy Thanksgiving recipes
- 1 turkey
- 1 cup of orange juice, broth or other clear liquid
- Place the turkey or turkey breasts into a roasting pan.
- Place your clear liquid in a bowl. Draw the liquid into the syringe by lowering the plunger and then drawing it out slowly. Ideally, you should spread the liquid throughout the turkey using as few puncture holes as possible.
- Inject the syringe into the turkey breast and release a bit of the liquid.
- Pull the needle out slightly but not completely from the hole. And, continue injecting flavor at different angles from the same hole. Repeat on the other side of the breast. If you are doing a whole turkey, repeat this step in the legs and thighs.
- Cover the turkey and refrigerate for at least twelve hours to allow the liquid to flavor through the layers of meat. Cook per package instructions.
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Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 63mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Protein: 3g
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