How to Brine a Turkey, Two Ways
To Brine or Not to Brine?
That was once the question, but now it’s time to take it to the next level: to dry or wet brine? Both methods will result in moist, tender meat. A dry brine, which is rubbed on the surface of the bird, is left on longer. It penetrates the meat more slowly—which means you have less risk of it becoming mealy—and results in a very crisp skin and moist meat. A wet brine, in which the bird is submerged, also delivers moist, succulent meat, but the skin tends to be less crisp. It does its magic more quickly than a dry brine—in just 12 – 24 hours—but requires a lot of dedicated refrigerator space. Whichever method you choose, the extra step will surely result in a more delicious bird at Thanksgiving and beyond.
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