Poultry: How to Brine a Turkey

Learn a great and easy way to brine your Thanksgiving or holiday turkey to get moist, juicy, and flavorful dark and white meat. Check out the other poultry technique videos for more turkey tips to make your holiday meal delicious.

Released on 7/30/2013

Transcript

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(light funk music)
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[Narrator] Brining.
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Brining turkey is the best way to guarantee
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moist, tender and flavorful meat.
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Today our simple brine is a mixture of salt and water.
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Mix the salt into the water
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and whisk until the salt is fully dissolved.
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(metallic scrapes)
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Different brands of salt require various amounts of water,
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so follow your recipe carefully.
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A whisk makes dissolving the salt really quick and easy.
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Using large roasting bags, double the bags
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and then roll the top down a little bit.
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Placing the bag in a separate bowl
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will make the turkey less unwieldy.
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Then place the raw turkey inside the bag,
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making sure the turkey is fully inside the bag.
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Work the top of the bag up,
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to make it easier to pour the brine in over the turkey.
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Then slowly and carefully, pour the salt water into the bag.
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Making sure to completely cover the turkey with your brine.
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At this point if you'd like,
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you can also add some herbs, spices, whatever you feel like.
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Some ideas might be peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves,
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rosemary, or sage or a mixture of those herbs.
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Pull the bag up, trying to get most
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of the air out of the bag.
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And then tie bag securely.
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Let the turkey brine for about eight to 10 hours
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in the refrigerator.
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Pour out the brine, remove the turkey from the bags,
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and then roast as you like.
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Your turkey will be incredibly flavorful and moist.
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(light funk music)