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Marinate Your Turkey or Chicken First
Marinades are seasoned liquids in which the turkey or chicken is soaked both to absorb flavor and to tenderize. Most marinades contain an acid such as vinegar, citrus juice, wine and herbs or spices. One of the easiest ways to marinate a turkey or chicken is by using a needle-like injector. Injectors can be purchased at kitchen supply stores and range in price from $20 to $30.
To marinate a turkey or chicken without an injector, simply use a fork to make random holes over the entire bird. Place the turkey or chicken in a large, plastic cooking bag or foodservice grade plastic bag, pour in the marinade, close the bag securely and let it marinate overnight. Turkey or chicken should always be marinated in the refrigerator. Before cooking, be sure to scrape off excess marinade and discard. Do NOT re-use marinade to baste the turkey or chicken .
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh marjoram
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 10-pound whole turkey, cleaned and drained well
1. Combine the oil, vinegar, herbs and seasonings together in a small bowl. Place the turkey or chicken in a large, plastic cooking bag.
2. Add marinade, close bag securely and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours.
3. Oven roast or deep fry according to our Turkey or Chicken recommendations.