4 Ways to Brine a Turkey for Super Moist Results
Top chefs know that brining your turkey—or letting it soak in a salty, liquid bath before roasting—is one crucial step to ensuring that your bird comes out of the oven as moist and flavorful as can be. And though a simple 3-ingredient solution can make a big difference, we’re also big advocates of tossing in fruits, herbs, and even some booze for layers of subtle flavors that can go a long way. Scroll down to check out a few marinating options that will really make your star Thanksgiving dish all that and more.
Apples and spices
Honey, Citrus and Herbs
Herbs, Orange and Garlic
Not to be mistaken for a festive punch, this mix of herbs, garlic and orange peels from Ree Drummond’s cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays ($17; amazon.com), is as pretty as it is yummy. We love her suggestion of using a brining bag to marinate the turkey, since not everyone has a vessel that’s large enough to hold the fluid plus a 15-pound bird.