Brining Tips For a Juicy Thanksgiving Bird

Brining is the secret to preparing perfect poultry. 


If “Turkey Anxiety” was a real term, it’s a mutual feeling that all Thanksgiving hosts share. Nothing is more disappointing than slicing into a dry bird after hours of anticipation. Make sure this doesn’t happen! Here are the basic rules of how to brine:

Ingredient Ratios:

  • 1 lbs of turkey per person
  • 1 gallon water per 12 lbs of turkey
  • 1 cup salt + 1/4 cup sugar dissolved per 1 gallon water

Of course, herbs and spices will add great flavor. Get creative with infusing different ingredients to the brine! Here is a cider and citrus recipe.

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Dissolve all ingredients in water and bring to a boil. Allow the brine to cool.

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Completely submerge thawed turkey into an airtight plastic bag or sealed container and let it marinate for 12 – 24 hours, depending on the weight of the turkey.

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This infograph is a perfect instructional how-to guide to brining your bird. Trust us, this definitely makes a huge difference. Carve proudly this Thanksgiving!

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Reena Retuta

As a Culinary Adventurist, getting her hands into food before it gets onto the plate comes naturally to Reena. She spit-roasted her first whole pig at the age of eight, harvested hazelnuts in Italy, butchered a lamb at a ranch in Australia, spent a summer splitting open live lobsters at a traveling pop-up kitchen in Holland, and visits a small vineyard along the central California coast to make wine and olive oil each year. She’s determined to find the elusive white truffle in her lifetime.A graduate from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, Reena holds a deep appreciation for cultural traditions in food, and her favorite simple pleasure is sharing a meal al fresco.

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