Everyone was talking about the Trader Joe’s brined turkey and how much better it is than a regular one, so I had to try it for myself. I had a good comparison since I had made a complete Thanksgiving meal just two weeks prior for my friends using the same frozen turkey I make every year. I normally give the turkey a nice salty bath and a deep tissue massage in the kitchen sink before I rinse and stuff it. But with the brined turkey, that part was already done. The Trader Joe’s turkey probably had an advantage from the start since it was already hormone-free and all natural. But I assume it sitting in the salty brine for longer than a few minutes helped.
When I took it out of the oven it looked like something you’d see in an advertisement or on TV or from the previous post :), perfectly golden and juicy. Only now do I regret not taking a picture of it. Slicing it up was super simple too as the meat just slid off the bone. I think I got some complements from the family before the tryptophan kicked in.