Watching my mom prepare Thanksgiving dinner didn’t include brining a turkey. When I became an adult and prepared the traditional Thanksgiving meal, i’d prepare my turkey in the same manner in which i’d see my mom doing it with a variation in the seasoning here and there, but still, no brining. I didn’t even know it was such a big deal until I happened upon a Twitter party and one of the hosts told me I was missing out if i’m not brining. This struck my curiousity.
Brining, from the initial and seemingly popular results means soaking your turkey in a water based solution that includes salt, sugar and a variety of spices. The whole idea of soaking a turkey in water seemed strange, but if it’s worth the tender, perfect turkey that I only get when i’m eating someone else’s turkey, totally worth it, right? Well, I just in the past week or so heard of dry brining, and from the results expressed in a post from buzzfeed.com, I just may never get around to that wet brine. In a blind taste test involving 13 participants, 10 preferred the tenderness and flavor produced from dry brining. The other three, get this, preferred the unbrined turkey’s texture and flavor over the water brined turkey!
This newfound knowledge is great news! Now I don’t have to worry about trying to find a container and space to wet brine baby mammoth. I pulled a video from the Epicurious site so that we can see this in action. You can also read up on it a little bit more from there site which can be found below the video. Happier Thanksgiving!
Read Turkey Brining Recipes and Tips - dry brining - The dos and don’ts of wet and dry brining, plus basic recipes, expert advice, and an overview of different types of salt
Source: Turkey Brining Recipes and Tips | Epicurious.com