Yesterday as I was chauffering my kids around town to various events – I caught a segment on NPR where Alton Brown (Host of Iron Chef America) proceeded to tell Melissa Block (Turkey traditionalist) that she was doing her turkey all wrong.
First of all – I love Alton Brown – he’s nerdy and adorable in a crush-worthy high-school science teacher kind of way. Secondly – I was NOT having any of his guff about turkey traditionalists being wrong. Don’t baste my turkey? My grandmother would be ashamed of me!
But somehow, by the end of the episode – he had convinced me to skip my traditional methods for once and try brining my turkey this year. (He’s so darn cuddly and convincing!) It’s true – I’ve never been completely wowed with my turkey on Thanksgiving – and according to Alton,
“….you should be wowed. You should be like, oh, my dear Lord, wow, that’s turkey.”
So okay – I want a WOW Turkey. Show me how to brine Alton! I’ve spent the last couple days watching YouTube videos about brining a turkey and reading articles on the science of brining – now I’m ready to jump in.
Here are the 3 Basic Steps I’ve learned after researching how to brine a turkey: