Marinades are seasoned liquids in which the turkey 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 is by using a marinade/spice injector. Injectors can be purchased at kitchen supply stores and range in price from $12 to $30.
To marinate a turkey without an injector, simply use a fork to make random holes over the entire bird. Place the turkey in a large, plastic or foodservice grade cooking bag, pour in the marinade, close the bag securely and let it marinate overnight. Turkey 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.
1. Combine the oil, vinegar, herbs and seasonings together in a small bowl. Place the turkey in a large, plastic cooking bag.
2. Add marinade, close bag securely and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours.
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