You’re cooking Christmas turkey wrong and you need to ‘brine that bird’ – expert

If you are preparing a traditional Christmas dinner for December 25, it's likely you'll serving up a roast turkey with all the delightful trimmings.

While everyone loves some crispy roast potatoes and the popular pigs in blankets – the turkey is still a very important part of the meal.

But often there is a risk that it will be a letdown as the last thing anyone wants is to be served dry and flavourless meat after the bird has been roasting in the oven for a while.

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However, a food expert has told her followers that there are three things they should be doing to ensure they cook a perfect roast this year.

Rebeca Huffman, shared her turkey cooking process on her TikTok account @rebecahuffman, to help her fans make the best festive feast.

In the video, which has gained more than 3,000 likes, she said: "Numero uno: Brine your bird.

"This is an overnight soak in salted, well-seasoned water that infuses the meat with moisture and flavour.

“Numero dos: Bake your turkey breast down and in the final 45 minutes, you’re gonna turn it over.

"Open up the bag so that way that [skin] on the breast will get nice and brown ‘cause we want our bird to have a tan."

Lastly, Rebeca advised her followers to let the Turkey rest before carving and serving.

She added: "You want to give an opportunity for your meat to rest at least 45 minutes."

Viewers took to the comment to praise her method and thank her for getting them prepared for their celebrations.

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One user said: "Brining changed my life."

Another added: "Best turkey ever!"

A third commented: "Brined birds are the best! My mom always did her turkey in the bag!"

"Yes!!! We use the bag too but this year will follow your advice," a fourth said.


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