How Long to Brine Chicken?

Did you ever brine the chicken before, when cooking chicken?

If not, this is something that you really need to consider next time when you are preparing chicken for dinner. There is a huge difference in taste, and you will never cook your chicken any other way.

The only problem that many people have, is the fact that they don’t know how long to brine the chicken. The moment that you are not brining it enough, your chicken will taste the same as all the other chicken that you have cooked before. These are everything you need to know about brining chicken correctly.

What is Brining?

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Before you can know how to brine chicken or before you can know how long to brine chicken, you need to know what brining is first.

Brining is a cooking method that is going to give you much tastier chicken. You can use a whole chicken, or pieces of chicken to brine the chicken. And, the basic of brining is simple. You are basically just laying the chicken in salt water for an hour or so. There are three different ways of brining that you can do, to ensure a tasty chicken.

Why is Brining Chicken So Important?

Why should your brine a chicken before you are cooking it? There are many reasons why brining is so important, but there is only one that is essential to know.

With brining, you are ensuring that the chicken is full of moisture and that it tastes a whole lot better than other chickens you prepared. Many people think that buying chicken that was brined, has just added weight to them, and that isn’t really best-tasting chicken.

However, this is completely wrong. Brining chicken before cooking it, is bringing out the flavor, and makes a great tasting dinner.

The Three Different Brining Methods

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There are three different brining methods that you can choose from. It is all giving a different taste but is still tasting delicious. You don’t need to make use of all three methods. You should just make sure that you know what the steps are.

With the dry brining, you are basically adding a wrap to the chicken with a variety of spices. You can get many recipes online for these spice mixes. You wrap it to the chicken and let it sit for a couple of hours. The flavors will go into the chicken and leave the chicken with a great taste.

A taste that is completely different from the other brining methods. For many, the brining method is setup for all the girls that are working. The three basic brining methods are:

  • Dry brining
  • Wet brining
  • The buttermilk brine

It is important to make sure that you are aware of what type of brine you should use for preparing what type of chicken meal.

Many people prefer the dry brining, while others are saying that the wet brining is the way to go when you are looking for a moist chicken meal.

How Long to Brine the Different Types of Brining?

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Brining chicken is a process. You should make sure that you are aware of the brining time before you just go brining your chicken for a short while and ending up with tasteless chicken and time wasted with the brining process.

In general, it is recommended that you brine your chicken for at least a couple of hours up to 12 hours. The longer it is brined, the better the taste will be. Just don’t brine it for more than 12 hours. 

However, there are some experts that are saying that you can brine your chicken for up to 24 hours. It depends on the type of brine that you are considering. The buttermilk brine will be ready in just a couple of hours, but the wet brine can go for up to two days.

Tips to Consider When You Are Brining the Chicken for the First Time

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When you are brining your chicken for the first time, you should consider which brining method is best to use. In most cases people prefer the wet brine. You should also make sure that you know how to cook the brined chicken correctly. For example, for fried chicken a buttermilk brine is best.

Try the different brining methods and make sure that you find the method that will work for you. And, you don’t need to brine only a whole chicken. Pieces of chicken or even pork can be brined.

With this guide, you will know for sure how long you should brine your chicken to get the best results. You will also learn the different brining methods that you can use.

If you never have brined a chicken before, then you should try it at least once. You will not regret it and never prepare chicken differently again.

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How to Grill Frozen Burger

There is just nothing as great as homemade burgers. Especially, if you have grilled the frozen burgers to perfection. The only problem is that not many people really know how to grill frozen burgers. They think that they should defrost the burgers before you can grill it.

The moment that you know the secret to grill frozen burgers, you will be able to enjoy it every time. It isn’t hard to grill burgers, but, then you should remember these tips and guidelines.

You Can Grill Frozen Burgers Without Any Problem

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There is no reason why you should defrost the frozen burgers before you start grilling it. This is something that many people think is necessary. You can grill your burgers, right from the freezer.

You should only know how to get the burgers apart without damaging or breaking the burgers. In fact, this is the trickiest part. With a bread knife, it will be easy to separate the burgers from each other, while they are frozen. To defrost them first is only going to result in you breaking it.

The Type of Griller That You Should Use for Frozen Burgers

What type of griller do you need when you want to grill frozen burgers? Some are saying that the charcoal griller is best, while others are saying that the water in the frozen burgers will only damage an electric griller.

The good news is that you can use any type of griller for grilling your frozen burgers. As long as you have the right temperature on your griller. You don’t want burned burgers or burgers that aren’t cooked through.

Steps to Grill Your Frozen Burgers to Perfection

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When you are following these steps, you will not have a problem with grilling your frozen burgers to perfection. It is easy steps and something that anyone will get right when you are following these steps.

  1. Prepare your frozen burgers. Ensure that they are separated from each other. You can use a butter knife to get them apart. You should just be careful about breaking them apart.
  2. Get your grill ready. Heat it up to medium heat. You don’t want to have a too hot griller for grilling the burgers.
  3. With the right temperature, you should now add the burgers to the grill and turn them every three to four minutes. You should make sure that you don’t burn them on the one side.
  4. Testing the temperature of the burger, of the grill, to ensure that it is cooked through
  5. Make your burgers and enjoy homemade frozen burgers. Grilled to perfection.

The Time Needed for Most Frozen Burgers to Be Grilled

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Many people are asking this question. How much time is needed for the frozen burgers to be grilled correctly?

The answer depends on the size and thickness of the burger. However, in most cases, it takes about 15 to 25 minutes for the burgers.

But, remember that you should turn it on a regular basis, otherwise it might burn. Remember that raw meat isn’t healthy. This is why you should make sure that you are going to cook the burgers through.

You should test the temperature of the burgers, off the grill. The internal temperature should be at least 160 degrees to ensure that it is cooked through.

Last Tips to Remember When Grilling Frozen Burgers

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There are a couple of things that you should remember when you are grilling your frozen burgers. This is to make sure that you are going to have the best tasting grilled, frozen burgers.

While you are grilling the burgers, you can baste it with a burger sauce. This is to make sure that the burger is juicy and even tastier.

But, this also might mean that you should turn the burgers more often on the grill. To ensure that it doesn’t burn on the one side.

Many people don’t think about this, but this is just as important as having tasty burgers. You should grill your buns as well. Slice them open and put them down on the griller for a couple of minutes.

You can even baste some butter on the buns before you are grilling it. This is making a much tastier burger, and the bun will not get soggy as fast.

Preparing grilled burgers isn’t that hard. Especially, if you want to grill, frozen burgers. You need to make sure that you know and remember these given tips, in order for you to have the best tasting, grilled burgers. There is just nothing that is so delicious like warm, fresh grilled burgers.

Grilled to perfection. And, now you can become the burger grilling master in your family. The biggest problem that you will have, is to separate the burgers without breaking them apart. Then, the burgers won’t grill as great.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin! Pumpkin everywhere. And not a bit of eat to eat.

Uh, let’s rephrase that. Pumpkin! Pumpkin everywhere. And so, so much of it to eat.

If you hadn’t noticed, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And, therefore, the ubiquitous pumpkin recipes are coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. Maybe I should say out of the oven, or out of the kitchen.

In fact, I have already had a wonderful guest post by my friend Kim from Cook It Allergy Free about Crustless Pumpkin Streusel Pie. If you haven’t read about Uncle Norm and his aversion to pumpkin, you should. Oh, and make the pie while you’re at it.

So, since I like to think of myself as an independent, free-thinker, I am not following this pumpkin trend like a silly lemming.

OK, I am a silly lemming. I really dig pumpkin, too. So, I decided to try to adapt my oh-so-easy muffin recipe to pumpkin. It took a couple of tries, but I did it.

If you like pumpkin and muffins, this will be a nice addition to your baking arsenal. Just like my Gluten-Free Banana (Chocolate) Muffins and my Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins, it’s really easy. In fact, it’s oddly similar.

This recipe is killer, if I do say so myself. I’m good at this muffin thing. Maybe I will start calling myself the muffin girl. (I know I should say woman, but it doesn’t flow as well.)

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Almond Flour (Honeyville)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsps Pumpkin Pie Spice

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Grapeseed Oil
  • ½ cup Agave Nectar
  • 1 cup Chopped Nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Get out all of the lumps.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in large bowl.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient bowl.
  5. Put muffin papers in muffin tin. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin papers. (Makes 12 muffins.)
  6. Bake for 22 – 24 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness.

Just a little side note. I actually made my own pumpkin puree a while ago, and I had it to use for this recipe. But, I am sure the regular old canned stuff will work just fine. Just make sure to get the plain. If you get the pumpkin pie filling with all of the spices and sugar, you might be a bit overwhelmed.

DO you like muffins? What is your favorite flavor?

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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How to Peel a Pomegranate in 5 Easy Steps

Pomegranates are probably my favorite food. I could live on them. But, they have one major flaw. Peeling them.

They have this tough skin that gets hard as a rock if, God forbid, you leave them too long before getting around to peeling them. Try to peel that thing off without popping a bunch of the little packet of sweet, juicy flavor around the seeds. Thus, staining anything it touches. Good luck!

And, speaking of stains. The stains my fingers get from trying to peel these things drives me nuts. My fingers dry up and turns a pale, orangey color. Um, why?

I know I could get the seeds in a little container in the store, but that just seems so lazy and wrong.

And, I have heard several times that you just cut it in half and hit it with a wooden spoon. Then, all of the little seeds pop out like beautiful, red, magic rainfall. I’ve even seen Nigella do it on her show. I tried it, and I just ended up mashing the pomegranate and having little red dots all over my kitchen. It was a pomegranate massacre. Should have had a white chalk outline around it and called CSI. Not really the outcome I was looking for.

So, if you are not a pomegranate whisperer, like I am not, I am going to share with you my technique for getting those pesky, but oh-so-tasty seeds out with as little hassle as possible. And, hopefully, as little stains as possible. Either red or orange.

Step 1 – Don’t cut the pomegranate in half. Score it. Take a sharp knife and score the skin around like you would be cutting it in half, going around the top and bottom. (It’s easiest to go around the little nib at the bottom.)

Peel a pomegranate – Step 1.1

Peel a pomegranate – Step 1.2

Step 2 – Put the knife in the top to separate the top where the skin is thick


Peel a pomegranate – Step-2

Step 3 – Gently pull apart to separate the two halves.


Peel a pomegranate – Step-3.1

Peel a pomegranate – Step-3 .2

Step 4 – Score each half in half (so you have quarters) on the outer skin. And gently pull it apart.


Peel a pomegranate – Step-4.1

Peel a pomegranate – Step-4.2

Step 5 – Get a big bowl of water. Use it to help you get the seeds out. Just have your hands in the water with the pomegranate quarters. Bend them back a bit and gently scrape out the seeds with your fingers. (I know scrape isn’t a gentle word, but I couldn’t think of another one to mean the same motion. Just be gentle.)

The bowl of water is especially helpful if you have an older pomegranate that has tons of yummy seeds but a skin that might as well be made of titanium. The water helps to make the skin more pliable to work with, as well as preventing the weird stains the skin causes on your fingers. Not a fan of those stains, if you hadn’t guessed.


Peel a pomegranate – Step-5

Then, after the seeds are out, just sift through them to make sure you get rid of the icky ones and keep the good ones.

Done!

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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