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Which is better dry brine or normal brine for turkey?

Trying to decide which method to try.

asked by Lara 11 days ago
7 answers 999 views
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Kenzi Wilbur

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added 11 days ago

Both will get you a juicy bird, but we're fans of the dry-brine for a few reasons: It's simpler, it takes up far less room in the fridge, and some feel like the juices of a wet-brined bird are a little, well, watery.

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amysarah

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added 11 days ago

Between wet and dry, I think dry is better. But my preference is doing neither. I know most here don't agree, but I really dislike the bouncy texture brining gives poultry - sort of like deli turkey. (If you brine, I'd keep it pretty short to limit that spongy thing.)

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Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

added 11 days ago

Contrarian! I like it.

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MMH
added 11 days ago

I like both. Lots of it depends on what you are able to accommodate. I will say that Lynn Rossetto Casper has an excellent suggestion which I prefer because it solves the space issue. She suggests that you use a cooler. The turkey and brine go in to a blanket sized zip loc bag and then in to the cooler with ice around it. When you are done, you can dump the brine without a problem and haven't used any fridge space. I love it for that reason.

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Susan W

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added 11 days ago

I much prefer the dry brine a la Judy Bird. Zero spongy texture. That only happens when you wet brine, but plenty of people like the wet brine method too. It's a very personal taste kind of thing.

https://food52.com/recipes...

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added 11 days ago

I like to take these opportunities to preach my gospel of no brining AND no whole bird roasting. I did turkeys every which way until I converted to fresh turkey cut up by the butcher, simply seasoned and roasted. Everyone loves my turkey. Try it! :-)

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Leith Devine

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added 10 days ago

Dy brine! https://food52.com/recipes...
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