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Thanksgiving Turkey

To brine, or not to brine? That is the question!

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Letting your turkey sit in a salty/vinegary bath for 24 hrs before roasting will help ensure you have a moist and flavorful turkey.

To brine your turkey, place it in a large vessel (like a stockpot) and cover completely with brine. Let sit in the fridge overnight.

The brine can be a simple solution of water, vinegar (flavored or plain), salt, and spices/herbs. Citrus is a great addition. Do not use olive oil in the brine.

Remove turkey from brine and let sit on a dry towel in the fridge for a few hours before roasting to give the brine a chance to drain.


Before you start cooking your turkey, make sure you have a meat thermometer on hand. If cooking a 5 Fridges Farm turkey, remember they are heritage breeds, have bigger bones than the turkeys you buy in the store, and they cook A LOT faster!

  • When the turkey has finished draining from the brine, dry it off with a towel and massage it with olive oil. 
  • Roast in a convection oven at 300°F.
  • Take the turkey out of the oven when it reaches 165°F - 175°F.
  • Check the meat temperature often! Do not cook beyond 180°F.

Don't Stop There!

After you have enjoyed your turkey dinner, the carcass can be used to make bone broth. It is easy to make and is remarkably nutritious. Here are some other tips for making the most of your Thanksgiving Turkey:

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