The topic of brining meat or poultry stirs up a lot of debate: Should you wet- or dry-brine? How long should you brine? Does brining even do anything? So in this episode of MDRN KTCHN, host Scott Heimendinger explains the science behind brining, and delivers the verdict on the best way to do it. For the full recipe, click here. Want to learn more? Come back every Sunday for a new episode of MDRN KTCHN, and check out Modernist Cuisine's new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine at Home!
Before You Carve the Turkey
For maximum flavor, let the bird rest.
You Don't Really Need a Meat Mallet
CHOW Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro smartly advises people not to buy equipment they won't use regularly. A meat mallet is just such a piece of equipment.
How to Brine Your Holiday Turkey with Michael Chiarello
In this Thanksgiving edition of our You’re Doing It All Wrong video series, chef and TV host Michael Chiarello extols the benefits of a brined turkey. Avoid some things (have you ever heard of a blivit?) and embrace others (the bird fits perfectly inside a cooler). If you follow the approach Michael outlines here, he guarantees you one of the juiciest turkey dinners you’ve ever had. You can find his recipe for the turkey brine on his website.