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Talking Turkey!

For many home cooks, the most familiar part of Thanksgiving isn’t just the turkey, it’s the angst they experience when preparing it. Fervent basting, family recipes, even last-minute heroics can’t guarantee a memorable outcome. A far simpler solution – one that takes the guesswork out of the meal and maintains your composure in the days before it – is to rely on flavor-enhancing techniques that build upon the basics you already know.

A simple brine, for example, not only creates an intensely flavorful turkey, but also savory juices, that, in turn, suffuse both stuffing and gravy with character. Improve the turkey, and every accompanying dish benefits.

Brining, soaking the turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures moist results. When you add aromatics to the brine, the resulting roast is also infused with a subtle character all its own. Finding a place for the turkey to brine overnight can require some creative refrigerator rearranging. If there simply isn’t room, place the bird in a cooler, and surround it with ice, replenishing as necessary to keep it at 40 degrees. The turkey needs to soak in the brine for about 24 hours, so plan accordingly.

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.”
~ Wilbur D. Nesbit

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