As busy moms, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can often bring on undue stress which can take our focus off of what matters most…family. After years of letting the holidays stress me out, I have made a commitment to having an intentional and stress-less holiday season. My focus will be spending quality time with my family and enjoying the moment while spending less time worrying about things that don’t really matter and over-extending myself by taking on too much. With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to share tools and tips to help other busy moms have a stress-less holiday season as well.

Since making the perfect turkey can bring on its own set of stressors, I thought it would be appropriate to share my secret (super easy solution) to making a perfectly moist turkey.

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Take all the stress away and use these 4 tips:

1. Prepare ahead of time 

The key to less stress during the holidays is being prepared. This is especially important if you are in charge of making the turkey. A turkey can take days to defrost so it is essential that you purchase your turkey several days before you plan on cooking it. And if you plan on following tip #2 (brining), you will need to take that into consideration as well. Be sure to prepare a shopping list so that you can make only 1 trip to the grocery store (and take advantage of any sales).

2. Brine Baby Brine

I discovered the art of brining several years ago and it has forever changed my relationship with turkey. For years, our family would have a small turkey on Thanksgiving (only because it’s tradition to have turkey on Thanksgiving) but we would all favor the other meat options. The turkey always seemed too dry or just plain bland. That all changed when I decided to try brining (mind blown!!!). So if you don’t know what brining is let me bring you up to speed. Brining helps moisten your turkey and is similar to marinating. It involves soaking your turkey in a salt water mixture with herbs and spices. Brining is the number 1 key to having a moist turkey regardless of your cooking method. It can take up to 24 hours to brine your turkey depending on the size of your bird. So be sure to plan ahead.  I love this brine recipe from the Food Network. However, in an effort to save time I started using pre-made brine mixes  a couple of years ago and they work just as good. The turkey brine mix from World Market is my favorite! I typically brine my turkey in a brining bag placed in a cooler covered in ice. Be sure to rinse and pat dry your turkey before roasting or frying. 

3. Use Injectable Butters

It’s no secret that butter makes everything taste better (at least in the south lol) and when you infuse butter with herbs and spices it doesn’t get any better than that! Use Injectable butters as a super easy method to instantly inject flavor into your turkey. The Cajun Injector Creole Butter is amazing!

4. Invest in a Big-Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer

Omg, this turkey fryer is AMAZING!!!! Please note, this is not a sponsored post. I truly love this fryer. It makes frying a turkey so easy and it cooks perfectly every single time. Here are my top 3 reasons for loving this fryer: 1) it uses infrared heat instead of oil so it is safer and healthier than frying a turkey the traditional way, 2) it cooks quickly, and 3) produces a juicy, moist turkey with crispy skin. Even if you skipped the step of brining and just oiled and seasoned your turkey with a dry rub, it still turns out delicious. I actually tested this out one year. I made 2 turkeys: I brined and roasted one turkey (I gave it the whole treatment, including injecting it with butter and seasoning, veggies and herbs in the cavity, veggies under the bird in the roasting pan, basting throughout the cooking process, etc.- it was a long process!). However, I kept it super simple for the second turkey – rubbed oil olive on it, seasoned it with my dry rub and fried it using my Big Easy. That’s it! And the fried turkey was just as good as the brined and roasted turkey! My guests couldn’t even taste the difference. While my roasted turkey was amazing, I would rather save myself time and stress by using the Big Easy. It is also great for cooking other meats as well. Just be sure to avoid dry rubs that contain sugar.

Let’s recap:

The secret to a moist turkey: brining!

The secret to saving you time and keeping the process easy and simple: The Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer!

Happy Holidays!

Hugs, Kisses, and High Fives,

Alysia