Trader Joe's Fresh Natural Brined Turkey
I'm strongly considering the same turkey, and I'm cooking my first turkey/family meal ever, too! At $1.79/lb all-natural and prebrined, it sounds like a good deal, but it must be 12lb or more. Mainly, the thought of brining for 4 hours -1 day and defrosting for days in advance with other turkeys has won me over to Trader Joe's.
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I bought one for the first time too, and also highly recommend it Over the years I've done deep-fried turkeys, brined it myself, or bought kosher - all good. But for convenience, quality, and price, the TJ's pre-brined is a winner, and I'll be buying one of these again. Used a compound butter, put it in the oven, and didn't even baste. It came out perfect. Full report here -
Trader Joe's turkey anyone?