By Joel Furches
Chef Todd Mohr has been around the block a few times in his years of professional cooking and professionally teaching how to cook. More recently, Chef Todd has been around the world in an expedition to learn new recipes and bring them home to his online cooking courses. In fact, Mohr is still in the process of making these expeditions. For an easy, and often free way of picking up new recipes and cooking techniques, it’s worth checking out Mohr’s videos. And what better person to tell you how to prepare your Thanksgiving feast? See what Chef Todd has to say.
Chef Todd Mohr is a graduate of Baltimore International College, a former Executive Chef and Culinary College Professor, and Certified Culinary Educator who has empowered home cooks all over the world with the reliable, dependable, repeatable METHODS behind cooking that build confidence, generate creativity and enable anyone to cook with the ingredients they desire at WebCookingClasses.com
Chef Todd’s Autumn Turkey Brine
Home cook’s biggest fear is that their turkey will be dry after cooking it. This is a reasonable fear because “roasting” is a dry-heat convective cooking process. When roasted, your turkey is cooked indirectly through the use of hot air. Hot air will evaporate moisture, making your turkey dry.
If you fear a dry turkey, adding moisture before cooking is the best strategy. Just like a grilling marinade adds moisture and flavor to a steak, brining a turkey is the opportunity to add flavor and retain moisture when cooking in a dry heat process.
Food safety is extremely important when brining turkey. While the presence of Apple Cider Vinegar, an acid, will lower bacterial growth, the raw bird should be brined no longer than 24 hours, and must be kept below 40F (4C) to be safe. See Chef Todd’s Brining Turkey Video
Double Cranberry Apple Sauce That Didn’t Slide Out Of A Can
Apple Cranberry Sauce is something unique that you can add to your holiday table this year and avoid the gelatinous creature that slides from a can every Thanksgiving. Apples balance the tart cranberries with a natural sweetness while contributing a special flavor to the otherwise one-dimensional side dish.
Can be stored in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Serves 4.
Thanksgiving Potatoes That Beat Boring Baked And Mundane Mashed
Thanksgiving potatoes are boring. If you’re serving the same mashed potatoes year-after-year just because of tradition, perhaps it’s time to start new ones. Duchesse potatoes are a fancy French twist on your basic mash. This potato dish has egg incorporated into them so that when piped with a pastry bag and baked, they hold a holiday shape.
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