Brine is a solution of salt and sugar dissolved in water. Though it may contain “aromatics” and other “acids,” like the orange juice and garlic in our recipe, all that’s really required is salt and water. The other ingredients help with the flavor profile.
Brines help your poultry and meats with moisture content and helps prevent that dry Thanksgiving turkey. What if you don’t have the space? Well, do you have a cooler? If you do, use it and save space in your refrigerator. Substitute some ice for the water, making sure that your brine is cold when you start. Your cooler will keep your turkey in brine, cold all night long! Make sure to thoroughly clean and sanitize your cooler when you are done!