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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