Create the Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey with Victoria Taylor’s Brining Blends

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Brining, the process of curing poultry, meat or seafood by soaking it in a salty solution, is an easy way to ensure a moist and flavorful Thanksgiving turkey. New to the market, Victoria Taylor’s Brining Blends marry the company’s expertise in seasoning blends and sea salt. This convenient, all-natural, high-quality product enables consumers to easily create brines at home, resulting in poultry, pork and seafood with outstanding texture, moisture and flavor.

Brining, the process of curing poultry, meat or seafood by soaking it in a salty solution, is an easy way to ensure a moist and flavorful Thanksgiving turkey. New to the market, Victoria Taylor’s Brining Blends marry the company’s expertise in seasoning blends and sea salt. This convenient, all-natural, high-quality product enables consumers to easily create brines at home, resulting in poultry, pork and seafood with outstanding texture, moisture and flavor.

Victoria Taylor’s Brining Blends are available in four flavor profiles:

· The Traditional Brining Blend yields flavor notes from garlic, rosemary, citrus and a hint of allspice berries. It’s a perfect fit for holiday turkeys and chicken.

· The Spicy Brining Blend has pungent notes from whole black peppercorns, jalapenos, and cumin with subtle additions from garlic and coriander. This is a versatile blend that works with everything from shrimp to pork.

· The Smoky Brining Blend relies on hickory-smoked salt and mesquite notes from chipotle peppers to deliver a pleasing, yet subtle smoke flavor accented with whole green peppercorns. This blend is a great choice for turkey and white fish.

· The Asian Brining Blend utilizes a wonderful combination of spices to deliver layers of flavor including sesame, garlic, coriander and ginger with a hint of anise making it a great choice for pork tenderloin or shrimp.

Brining is a time-tested technique that has enjoyed a surge in popularity, touted as the secret to giving lean cuts of meat and seafood a moist and tender texture. Brines, defined as water saturated with salt, work their magic in two ways: 1) over time, the salt actually unwinds the complex proteins in the muscle tissues of the meat, making it tender; and 2) the salt solution, infused with flavor from the addition of whole herbs, spices and aromatics, penetrates the cells of the meat, plumping them with moisture and flavor. As a result, brined meat weighs more at the end of the brining process than at the start.

The addition of flavor provides a delicious benefit to the brining process. Victoria Taylor describes the power of brining with her new blends developed specifically for this purpose: “My formulas use a clean-tasting sea salt from California, combined with Demerara sugar, and whole herbs and spices infused with aromatics such as rosemary oil, citrus oil and toasted sesame seed oil. The result of brining with these blends is amazing - moist and tender meat with layers of added flavor.”

Victoria Taylor’s Brining Blends provide everyone from the novice home cook to the culinary enthusiast the easy and convenient tools to make brining successful. The brining blends include guidelines on the package for a variety of tested applications as well as step-by-step instructions for making a brine. The company’s website, http://www.vgourmet.com, is a source for brining recipes and tips.

For additional information, please call 800.403.8981.

Victoria Gourmet, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of spice blends, culinary sea salts, brining blends and gourmet gift items. The company is a member of The National Association of Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), The Massachusetts Specialty Food Association (MSFA), and The National Barbecue Association (NBBQA). The company won the Outstanding Food Gift Award at the 2003 Fancy Food Show.

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