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!
How to Quickly Fix an Undercooked Thanksgiving Turkey
You carve into your Thanksgiving turkey and discover that the meat is still raw. You could put the whole bird back in the oven, but it still needs a lot of time to cook and your hungry guests want to eat now. Christine Yue Gallary, associate food editor at CHOW.com, shows you how to speed up the cooking process on an undercooked turkey. For more Thanksgiving video tips from CHOW, see If You Break It, Fake It: How to Avoid Thanksgiving Cooking Disasters.
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.
How to Make a Moist Thanksgiving Turkey with Roxanne Webber
CHOW Associate Editor Roxanne Webber demonstrates the wrongs and rights of Thanksgiving turkey. She suggests that you give yourself plenty of time for the bird to defrost (at least three days for a 15-pound turkey), and that, while roasting, you check the temperature regularly with a meat thermometer.
Take your summer cookouts to the next level with this grilled watermelon recipe. Make sure the grill is very hot when you add the watermelon, or the slices will steam instead of caramelize and char. Read more.