Sunday, November 24, 2013

Learn To Brine A Turkey {video} and a Whole Foods Market $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Thanksgiving is upon us! Who doesn't love a holiday full of gratitude, sitting around the table enjoying the company of the ones we love, and indulging? While some may succumb to the pressure to create a perfect meal, we tend to stick with our favorites and keep it simple, which takes the pressure off. Thanksgiving is also one of those holidays that is steeped in tradition. My tradition is hunting down 3 boxes of Bell's Poultry Seasoning (accept no substitutes) which is added to the dressing, aka stuffing. We don't actually use 3 boxes, but I always need a backup, and a backup for our backup.

About 10 years ago, Josh brined a turkey for the first time. The turkey turned out wonderfully moist, we were super impressed that we could taste subtle hints of flavors used in the brine.  Since then, there has been no turning back, a dried out flavorless turkey became a thing of the past. A brined turkey quickly became a part of our Thanksgiving tradition.

If you want to wow your guests, I suggest brining your turkey this year. Whole Foods has put together some great tips and tricks as well as a video! Whole Foods Holiday Cheat Sheet: Guide To Turkey 101. Or if you're not in the mood to cook, you can order an entire meal, or select components online from Whole Foods Market! We've ordered our Christmas Dinner before from WFM, it was just three short weeks after I gave birth, and a perfect way to celebrate without feeling overwhelmed.

Brining a Turkey 101, it's truly this simple:



Or if you prefer a video, it's 45 seconds long, bravo!



Now for the giveaway! 


To Enter:

1. A comment equals one entry, comment as much as you wish. PLEASE leave a valid email address if you comment as anonymous or do not have a link to your email. 

2. Contest will close on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10pm MST. 

3. 1 Winner will be chosen by Random. Org and notified via email.  

4. Address must be provided within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected, Gift card will be shipped directly by the supplier of the giveaway.  

5. Open to US residents only. 

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Disclosure: I am a Whole Foods Brand Ambassador, they have sponsored this post and the contents of the giveaway! 


25 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of brined turkey, and I'm a fan of Whole Foods.

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  2. I'm all for variety in my turkey prep and brine sounds quite swell. Nicely done!

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  3. We are brining 2 turkeys this year. One will be roasted, the other fried.

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  4. We've been brining turkeys for about 5 years, due to my husband's obsession with Mr. Alton Brown. It's true. Brined turkeys are the best. (no email box for me, so mopsy dot lifenut at gee-mail dot com.

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  5. We deep fried a turkey last year. I'd like to try brining next!

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  6. Like Gretchen, we started brining years ago with Alton's recipe. Love it! Melissius at gmail dot com

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  7. I've never brined anything! Maybe this is the year to start.

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  8. once I brined, we never went back!

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  9. I've never brined a turkey, but this recipe seems simple enough.
    catherine@evolvingmommy.com

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  10. I'm brining for the first time this year!

    jliebfor3@gmail.com.

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  11. I love brined turkey, it is a huge hit during holidays.

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  12. I've never brined, but may try it as I make a turkey for the first time this year (newlywed). I love your blog, btw. Just stumbled upon it, and glad I did! mindyglowacz@gmail.com

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  13. I enjoy shopping at Whole Foods. Brined Turkey sounds great.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  14. I like to brine turkey. Thank you for the giveaway!

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  15. My mom always does her turkey the same way. Maybe I should introduce brining to her...

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  16. Michael is going to try frying a turkey this year. We are having 2 turkeys, mom is brining the other.

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  17. I love whole foods, I need to go back there soon!
    freefragmentsfresh at gmail dot com

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  18. Whole Foods is great, there's really nothing that compares to the quality where we live!

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  19. I'm a little embarrassed to admit I'm 33 and I've never cooked turkey by myself before :)

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  20. Just followed your blog on Bloglovin!

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  21. I love whole foods!!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  22. I havent cooked a turkey myself either
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  23. This year my friends are making a deep fried turkey, a bit of a change from the traditional meal!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  24. My husbands family does a crazy thanksgiving meal with over 50 people - we usually bring a yummy side dish!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  25. I have never brined a turkey. mainly because I've never been the one to make the turkey!

    BeccaMFerguson@aim.com

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