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Drying Poultry

SmokinParrotHeadSmokinParrotHead Posts: 532
edited 12:49PM in EggHead Forum
I have heard several folks say that they "dry" their birds or bone-in breasts for several days by leaving them unwrapped, uncovered in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours. I have two turkey breasts sitting in the fridge now in a pyrex baking dish, completely unwrapped and uncovered.

Who else does it this way?


  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    It's a technique several cooks use to try and make the skin crisp.Some also dust with cornstarch before cooking.It is supposed to soak up the skin fat renderings as it cooks.The idea behind the fridge is a fridge has lo humidity(?) and a fan running to circulate air so it draws out or drys out the skin before cooking( why stuff you don't want dried out has to be in some type container).The Eggs have such great moisture retention that it is hard to get crisp poultry skin when cooking on them without cooking direct and risking burning the skin.JM $.02.
  • fire eggerfire egger Posts: 1,124
    I do, uually 24 hrs.
  • Ditto on Hoss's explaination.... ;)
    I'm not "right on" with how long I have it in the fridge, but it's an over-nighter.
  • When i have time or remember to do it I leave whole chickens in the fridge uncovered over night. It dries out the skin, making it nice and crisp. Once the skin on your bird goes sort of translucent your good to go. I have never done it for more than 24 hrs in advance though.
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