If you don’t like turkey, you’re doing it wrong—my $6 Thanksgiving hack makes it more flavorful and juicy

A VIVACIOUS chef has revealed his trick to make your Thanksgiving turkey even tastier.

He elaborated that you might be cooking your turkey wrong and that his $6 holiday hack could be the key to making it juicier.

Chef Joni knows his way around his delicious holiday meat dishes


Chef Joni knows his way around his delicious holiday meat dishesPhoto credit: TikTok/joniblackstone
If you don't like turkey, you're probably not making it right


If you don’t like turkey, you’re probably not making it rightPhoto credit: TikTok/joniblackstone

Chef Joni Blackstone (@joniblackstone) provides food tips and tricks that will enhance even the simplest meals.

In one TikTok videohe showed viewers an inexpensive and easy way to brine your Thanksgiving turkey and make it the star of the dinner.

He said at the start of the video: “Want to guarantee your family the perfect turkey this year? Don’t skip this step.”

He used that in the video Fire & Flavor Cajun Turkey Perfect Brine Kit$10.92 at Amazon.

Sam’s Club currently offers one Kinder’s Butcher’s Turkey Brine Set$5.92 which he also recommended.

To start, he boiled four liters of water to make the brine.

“And so while we’re prepping the turkey, it has enough time to cool so we don’t have to wait for it,” Joni explained.

Next, he added a cup of sugar and the brine mixture to the water.

Once the mixture is completely dissolved, you’ll know it’s ready.

While he let it cool, he pulled out two “young turkeys” that weighed about 8 pounds.

Once you remove the turkey from the plastic packaging, there should be something inside that contains the gizzards, the neck, and sometimes a small piece of plastic that holds the turkey together.

It’s important to make sure everything is done before moving on to the next step.

Then place the tour turkeys breast side down in the bag as they are ready for the brine.

“Once your brine is nice and cool, we pour it on the turkeys. And then you just want to make sure your turkey is completely covered in the brine,” Joni said.

If you need to fill the bag with excess water, do so before sealing it without leaving any excess air inside.

Finally, he set it aside to let it sit in the solution overnight.

There’s a specific reason why Joni thinks it’s important to brine the turkey.

“This is to season the inside of the turkey. This ensures that the overall flavor is nice and consistent, but it also prevents the turkey from becoming dry,” he explained.

The popular chef also joked in the video caption, “Take a shot every time I say turkey.”

His $6 Thanksgiving hack will ensure it's tastier and juicier


His $6 Thanksgiving hack will ensure it’s tastier and juicierPhoto credit: TikTok/joniblackstone
He said it flavors the inside of a turkey and makes it more flavorful


He said it flavors the inside of a turkey and makes it more flavorfulPhoto credit: TikTok/joniblackstone

John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@nytimas.com.

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