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Dry Brining -- Can I do just 36 hours (Tuesday night to Thanksgiving)?

Hi,

I have been reviewing a whole bunch of threads on dry-brining, and the suggestion is to dry brine for 3 days, with a 4th day for air drying in the refrigerator. Can I start the dry brine tonight on a fresh turkey and just paper towel dry Thanksgiving morning? I don't want to dry out the turkey. One thread suggested yes. Has anyone actually done this? It's my first fresh turkey, and I don't want to mess it up.

Thanks!

Nov 24, 2009
phlosar in Home Cooking

Dry-Brining a turkey

I think I'm in the 36 hour camp since I just found out about dry brining today and won't be able to apply salt until about 6pm Tuesday night. I can let it brine until about 8am Thursday (38 hours I guess). Has anyone done this? I am worried about the salt taking the moisture out and not putting it back in.

Aurora50 (earlier in chain) did about a 24 hour brine (in 2007) -- how did it come out?

Nov 24, 2009
phlosar in Home Cooking

Searching for Leaf Lard in East Bay

I am trying to find leaf lard for holiday pie crusts. I have inquired at Ver Brugge, Lunardi's, Berkeley Bowl (and Whole Foods/Andronico's since I was in those stores). The boyfriend found some lard at a Mexican supermarket, but it is slightly yellow and has a bit of a pork odor. I am concerned about using that for an apple pie. I would prefer to avoid SF. I am in San Leandro and San Ramon for the most part and will travel East Bay for leaf lard.

On a related note, Lunardi's has decent suet (Christmas pudding) in case anyone is wondering.

Nov 23, 2009
phlosar in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Carrot Cake?

Okay, I hesitate to admit, but I was amazed by the carrot cake at Claim Jumper (!). I had it last year. The frosting was so good and the cake moist. I have only been to that chain once, as I tend to eschew chains. I also avoid desserts that are too sweet. I would go again just for the carrot cake, and I am not generally a fan of carrot cake (sweet and dry).

Mar 26, 2007
phlosar in Los Angeles Area

Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib) at Hows

I just bought my *prime* Prime Rib at Hows last night. They are on sale for $6.99 per pound with $35 purchase. I have heard good things about these roasts, so I am excited to try one. I wanted to give a head's up for anyone else out there who might want to pick one up.

My Costco meat has been disappointing of late, so I did not want to trust them with Prime Rib.

Dec 21, 2006
phlosar in Los Angeles Area

if an LA hound visits Boston, what would they eat?

I second Bartley Burger. It is next to the Harvard Bookstore and across from the Yard. Fresh ground meat. The bun n' burger is a great deal. It is one of the few places that I will head towards rare on a burger.

Oct 18, 2006
phlosar in Greater Boston Area

A good caipirinha made with real cachaça in L.A.?

This has been said, but really consider making your own. Lime, ice, good cachacha. Pitu is readily available at BevMo. If you are into classic cocktails, try Harrington's cocktail book (out of print I think). Having said this, I would make a special trip for certain drinks, like a peach bellini, although I will grab the white peaches myself if I am out shopping.

A bonus is that you can make your own special drinks and, more importantly, enjoy a couple without having to worry about driving. The latter issue keeps me from drinking out. Also, it is so cost-effective to make your own and you know the quality of the ingredients.

Sep 09, 2006
phlosar in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

Excellent sausage and pretty good pepperoni. I have an insulated bag (sam's club) that is good for hot and cold stuff. My pizza was just fine after my 20 minute drive last night. If you live far away, go on a nice day, grab a pizza, then head to a nearby park -- even Griffith Park is close.

Aug 16, 2006
phlosar in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

Pitfire is just okay. I would not go again, even though it is close to work. Marginal pizza -- not great, not bad.

Aug 16, 2006
phlosar in Los Angeles Area

Why all the Casa Bianca bashing?!

All this talk of Casa Bianca made me hungry last night, so off I went. I only order take-out so I cannot comment on the line. For about $20, I got an extra-large sausage and pepperoni. It was ready when I arrived, and it was hot 20 minutes later when I returned home. I did not specify well done, but it was nicely cooked. It's a heavy pizza, due to the toppings. The sausage is home-made, and it was excellent. I grew up in New England and appreciate a thin crust heavy on the toppings. This is a very nice pizza. The extra large is enough for three serious pizza eaters (enough for about 4 normal people). It is the best that I have had out here in LA since I came here about a year ago. I still have many places to try of course. Also, I really like proscuitto as a topping, and I don't believe they have it. Take-away is the way to go if you reasonably close. At 830pm last night, the chairs outside were filled with those waiting. How much more pleasant to be at home with my own beverages and entertainment. For those of you who have not tried it, give it one chance. It won't break the bank.

Aug 16, 2006
phlosar in Los Angeles Area

Why all the Casa Bianca bashing?!

The sausage is really good, as is the pepperoni. I have only done take-out. Hmmm, I am getting in the mood. This board always makes me hungry, irrespective of when I last ate!

Aug 16, 2006
phlosar in Los Angeles Area

sad news about Nicky D's pizza in Silverlake

Well, that explains two bad pizzas from Nicky D's. First we phoned in and went to pick up. They had forgotten to make our pizza and still burned it. Second, last night, we picked up a pepperoni pizza -- very burned and very few pepperoni. Two instances, one July, one yesterday. I am going back to Casa Bianca. Problem is that Nicky D's is about 1 mile from my house. Oh well.

Aug 11, 2006
phlosar in Los Angeles Area