Turkey Marinade - Injection
Turkey Marinade: Inject the Turkey
Turkey marinade is traditionally injected into a turkey the day before it is to be cooked. To keep as much juice as possible inside the turkey, make as few punctures as possible.
Fill the injector with the marinade, stick the needle into the breast and inject some marinade - do not remove the needle, turn it toward another area of the breast and inject more marinade. Do this again, for all of the places on the breast that can be reached through that same puncture.
Basic Turkey Marinade
There are many good turkey marinades that are sold in grocery stores along with the marinade injectors. But once people get serious about deep frying turkeys, they begin to add additional flavors to these marinades or they come up with their own recipes.
Because deep fried turkey originated in south Louisiana (it's a Cajun turkey after all), many of the marinades use Cajun spices. As the practice of deep-frying moved to other regions, lots of alternative marinades have been developed.
A problem with mixing spices for marinades can be that dry spices clog the needle on the injector. One solution to this is to process the marinade in a blender or food processor for a few minutes before loading the injector. Or, you can use liquid spice alternatives such as liquid garlic.
If you are using a marinade that needs to be cooked, don't inject the turkey with it until the marinade has cooled down to at least room temperature. Injecting a hot or warm marinade can lead to growth of bacteria.
Here are some marinade ideas to get you started.
How Simple Can You Get
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter - melted
Mix - cool - inject.
Liquid Cajun Marinade
With this recipe, using mostly liquid ingredients will prevent the injection needle from clogging.
4 oz liquid celery
Mix - inject.
Emeril Lagasse Fried Turkey Marinade
This is a bit complex but the results are superb. It is based on Every Day Is a Party by Emeril Lagasse, with Marcelle Bienvenu and Felicia Willett, published by William Morrow, 1999.
First mix Emeril's Essence Creole Seasoning
2 1/2 Tablespoons sweet paprika
This is just an "ingredient" in the marinade, I told you it was a bit complex.
Here is the marinade recipe:
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Emeril uses this as his injection marinade in a turkey that he dry brines for 24 hours in 1 cup of salt, 1 Tablespoon cayenne, and 1 Tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper.
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