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 needle-like injector. Injectors can be purchased at kitchen supply stores and range in price from $10 to $15.
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 cooking bag or foodservice grade plastic 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. In small bowl, combine teriyaki sauce, garlic, onion and ginger powders.
2. Using an injector, inject marinade into all parts of the thawed turkey. Gently massage turkey to distribute marinade.
3. Place turkey in a large plastic bag (cooking bag or clean trash bag). Close bag and refrigerate overnight.
4. Deep fry or roast according to recommendations. *Makes enough for a 10-pound turkey.
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