Turkey Tips!

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This is a guest post courtesy of the Bergen County Mocha Moms Blog.

There has been a lot of chatter this week about turkeys.  No, not your ex boyfriend - the bird.

Let me start by saying that you don't have to be any kind of chef to make a great turkey for your friends and family during this holiday season.  Just a few tips and you'll do great!

Turkey for a SMALL party (2-6 people)
A few weeks ago we talked about how to bone and roast a fresh turkey breast.  That post was called The 1-Hour Turkey.  This method is ideal for a small gathering where a whole bird is not really needed.  In that post we learn how to bone, season and roast a fresh turkey breast.  We also cover making turkey stock  Click the title of this section to jump to that post.

If you're feeding a crowd then you've come to the right place!  Mocha Heather has shared with us her wisdom on brining the whole bird.  She's also shared an informative video with other turkey tips.

Turkey Brine Recipe - Courtesy of Mocha Heather.
For a full turkey, combine 
1 cup of kosher salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1 bay leaf
Enough oranges to stuff the inside the bird and a couple of cut up oranges in the water

Put everything in big pot and cover with the water. Leave overnight for best results. 
In the morning discard brine and oranges.  DO NOT cook with anything used in the brine.  Season the turkey with all fresh ingredients.

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Here are more tips shared from the Mochas

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