Remember last year when I was waking up in the middle of the night with cold sweats dreaming about dried out turkey? Well, not so this year. By this time last year I had shopped at a million stores to buy tons of odds and ends we'd need to decorate our table, made the breadstick-cournicopia that was the centerpiece of our appetizers, and had even come up with really cute napkin rings to adorn each place setting. This year, thankfully, I will be able to re-use most of what we bought, but I have no clue about how I'll decorate, if at all. Or what we'll have for appetizers. I figure a veggie tray from Costco will suffice, right?
The one thing I do know for certain is that Greg and I will definitely brine the turkey again - it turned out to be very tasty last year and I see no reason to change a good thing. Of course, to brine a 20-lb turkey appropriately, one needs a rather large pot - or - in our case - an XXXXXXXL Ziploc Bag. Yes, they make them that large (OK I may have exxagerated the number of "X's" shown on the actual bag packaging, but seriously, these bags are ginormous!) Here's a picture of Greg from last year, man-handling our 22 pound turkey, which fit (with tons of extra room) into one of those aforementioned GIANT ziplocs. Take note of how the turkey looks like it would barely fit into our sink. That's because it was almost too large to do so. The sucker was huge. But it had nothing on the brine bag!