10 Turkey Brine Tips for a Perfectly Juicy Thanksgiving Bird

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Who wants a juicy, flavorful turkey, raise your hands! You, and you, and you, and you? All righty then, let's talk turkey brine. Brining is one of a Thanksgiving chef's best secrets. Done correctly, it can give you one mouth-wateringly juicy roast turkey. Here are our 10 brining tips for a perfect bird.

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Have you tried any of these tips? What are your secrets for a perfect Thanksgiving turkey?

 

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PonyC... PonyChaser

Thanks to Alton Brown's article in Bon Apetit Magazine in 2003, I've been brining turkeys and chickens for years. There is no comparison. No more dry breast meat, and the skin turns out so crisp and delicious.


With a large turkey, I took Brown's advice, and use a cooler and ice packs to brine the turkey and free up room in my fridge. I highly recommend the article that I read. He explains the process, why you use particular types of salt, and why it works so well. And why stuffing is EVIL. Here's the article, if you are interested: Alton Brown's Perfect Roast Turkey.

ceciliam ceciliam

I never have but I want to:)

kellynh kellynh

Great idea!!!

Madel... Madelaine

great idea

elasmimi elasmimi

I always do a wet brine with chicken and turkey. Never heard of a dry brine.

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