How To Brine A Turkey to Perfection

November 3, 2014

The perfect turkey is a simple brine away from your table. If you have never tried this prep technique, it's going to be a whole new world of flavor. Brine adds a completely new profile to your meats, making them tender and moist. It's almost magical, how the flavor penetrates through the entire bird, no matter how large. It's sort of fun to mess around with this simple mixture, changing up the ingredients to suit your own taste. Enjoy restaurant quality meats at home by learning to brine. Check out some of the recipes you can use: 

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

From Little Leopard Book

This recipe reminds us that cranberry sauce isn't just for leftover sandwiches. It's a main ingredient in this delightful brined turkey dish. Isn't it beautiful? The perfect centerpiece for a romantic dinner for two. 

Maple Brined Ancho Scallion Boneless Turkey Breast

From Parsley Sage Sweet

Why did we never think to use the smoky sweetness of maple syrup to our brine recipe? This is fantastic! Add Ancho chilies and bright scallions and you have an irresistible mix of flavors. 

Brined and Roasted Turkey Breast

From Heather Likes Food

If you need step by step directions with photos (It's so helpful, so roll with it), you can find them on this tasty site. Check out just how simple it can be to turn turkey breast into a show stopping meal. 

Turkey Brine

From Georgia Pellegrini

The perfect breakdown of all the seasons to use for the best brine. It's a must see. 


Finally, the quintessential expert on anything even slightly scientific and foodie related; Alton Brown shows us step by step how to make the best brine and how to get the job done. Follow his directions and you can be guaranteed a turkey that is brined to perfection.