OT: Holiday Dinner Turkey Preparation - Where to find secret ingredient?

Submitted by vertiGoBlue on December 23rd, 2016 at 1:27 PM

So, I've been doing a brined roast turkey using Alton Brown's Good Eats Roast Turkey recipe for several years (Thanksgiving and Christmas), and it's always turned out great. This year, I thought  I'd take a risk by adding a slight twist. Specifically, I'm thinking of adding 1 teaspoon of jive into the brine. I've looked at various local markets (Whole Foods, Wegmans, Kroger, Fresh Market, Harris Teter) and I've not been able to find any (at least, not in food grade form).

Any ideas as to where I can get some of this by tomorrow?



December 23rd, 2016 at 1:37 PM ^

Mix some jerk seasoning with some finely chopped chives and voila, you have yourself some JIVE.  And come to think of it, that would make for a decent addition to Alton's recipe which I've used in the past.


December 23rd, 2016 at 1:40 PM ^

I am not sure if Spice Islands or McCormick really ever get as far as jive, and sadly, I doubt many stores sell fresh jive at a price that is worth it. I suppose you could go with a freshly grated Glenn Miller album atop the turkey, but that is obviously not the sort of jive the blog would want with its turkey. 

I always find that turkey is nice when you roast it with orange and lemon wedges, but that's more "zest", I suppose. 


December 23rd, 2016 at 2:11 PM ^

Well f**k me, I bought this hook, line and sinker.

I cook a lot and started wondering about this new spice or sumpn called "jive."  I wish I could say I hadn't heard about the "jive turkey" comments a week or so ago, but I most certainly did.


December 23rd, 2016 at 3:39 PM ^

because our seven year old will have a fit if she has to eat turkey again for a week straight or more.

Rather, rolling with Puerto Rican-style pernil (pork shoulder roast) to be eaten on Christmas Eve. Started marinating it yesterday. With yucca and mojo, black beans and rice and mached boniato. Mmmmmm mmmmmmmm good!


December 23rd, 2016 at 5:15 PM ^

I can envision the copy for a jar of "Tuscaloosa Jive" in the Zingerman's catalog ....

"We thought all jive was the same until our staff brought back a jar of freshly ground jive from a small family-run farm just outside of Tuscaloosa Alabama. There must be something special in the silt from the Black Warrior River that gets deposited in those farm fields because - when Ari first sprinkled some of this jive on a mac ' cheese caserole here in the Zingerman's kitchen - it really opened his eyes to the magic that this spice can add to most any meal. Try a jar, you'll find out what all the fuss and jive is about."