How to Brine a Turkey for the. Juiciest. Bird. Ever.

Thanksgiving was always at our house. Every year, friends, family, neighbors we barely knew wound their way through the fog to our home in the Berkeley hills, bearing pecan and pumpkin pies, sweet potato casseroles bobbing with marshmallows, tureens of…

Thanksgiving was always at our house. Every year, friends, family, neighbors we barely knew wound their way through the fog to our home in the Berkeley hills, bearing pecan and pumpkin pies, sweet potato casseroles bobbing with marshmallows, tureens of green beans, and bowls of guacamole (this last one always arrived with a particularly time-challenged guest after dessert, but was polished off nonetheless).

My father, a vegetarian since his twenties, was for some inscrutable reason in charge of the turkey. A few hours before guests arrived, he’d pull the bird out of its bag of brine (a major Snowden-level leak one November left our fridge permanently frosted in turkey salt) and haul it onto the barbecue. He’d bring out bottles of liquor that had accumulated at the back of our cabinet over the year, and pour them over the bird in their entirety, to dubious effect. There was a lot of head-scratching and bird poking, and eventually he’d decide the turkey was probably done. Someone would take the electric turkey saw to it, and a few minutes later we’d be heaping our plates with steaming slices of miraculously succulent meat.

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This 2011 Community Recipe Inspired My New Favorite Turkey Brine

We’ve partnered with La Crema Winery to share our new favorite turkey brine, just in time for Thanksgiving: a sage and honey-flavored wet brine inspired by a 2011 community member recipe.

Since day one here at Food52, the community (yes, that’s you!…

We've partnered with La Crema Winery to share our new favorite turkey brine, just in time for Thanksgiving: a sage and honey-flavored wet brine inspired by a 2011 community member recipe.


Since day one here at Food52, the community (yes, that's you!) has been our not-so-secret weapon.

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