Enjoying Christmas: Commissary Gift Card Giveaway!

Enjoying Christmas: Commissary Gift Card Giveaway!

I am so excited to offer my fellow military spouses a great gift: a chance to win a $20 Commissary gift card!

One of the biggest challenges for me as a young, military spouse was cooking. I grew up eating a lot of convenience food at home but loved the down-home, cooked from scratch, family meals around my grandmothers’ tables for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Moving away from family meant a few years of trial and error when it came to turkeys, ham, and stuffing. Fortunately, with the help of Mr. Skipperclan himself, we’ve enjoyed some great holiday meals together.

This year, Kikkoman offered to send us a few items to give us a different take on the traditional bird. We use their soy sauce all the time in this house, but it has always been relegated to oriental dishes and marinades. When Skipperclan’s squadron asked us to contribute a turkey to the annual Christmas party, I knew we had the perfect chance to match Kikkoman’s offer with our military community.

Savory Turkey Brine (16-24 pound turkey)

2 gallons cold water
10 ounces Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dried sage*
2 tablespoons dried celery seed*
1 tablespoon dried thyme*
* I used McCormick French Herb Roasting Rub which combines these herbs


The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey inside and out. In a large stock pot or 5 gallon bucket mix water with remaining ingredients. Stir well until all the salt is dissolved. Place turkey in the pot cover with a lid and regrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Remove turkey from the brine, rinsing well. Follow your regular cooking instructions.

I placed the turkey, breast side down, in a roasting pan with enough white wine in the bottom to cover the pan. I cooked the turkey covered with a tent of aluminum foil for 30 minutes at 400 degrees, then for two hours at 350 degrees, then for about 1 1/2 hours at 225 degrees, until the meat thermometer read 170 degrees in the thigh and 160 degrees in the breast.

The first bite I had was delicious! I carved it up and off we went.

Everyone else must have enjoyed the turkey because it was all gone at the end of the party. Are you cooking for Christmas dinner or holiday parties this year? I think $20 to spend at the Commissary would help make that cooking a little easier.

You can get one entry for each of the following.

  • Leave a comment with your favorite use for Kikkoman products
  • Like SkipperClan on Facebook and leave a separate comment saying you did
  • Share this contest on Facebook (see button below) and leave a comment saying you did
  • Share this contest on Twitter (also a handy button below) and leave a comment saying you did

This contest is open until Monday, December 19, 2011, at 10:00 pm PST. ONE winner will be selected at random and announced later that week. Open to US recipients only. Please read my full disclosure policy and contact me with any questions you might have. I received complimentary Kikkoman products for review, however all opinions are my own! Please note this gift card is only good at military commissaries, so you must hold a valid military identification to use (or know someone who does that would like this as a gift from you).