With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you’re sure to have your menu planned from the best sides to perfect pies. And of course, you’ve got the traditional turkey lined up. But before you pop that bird into the oven, consider giving it an extra boost of flavor. We’ve got ten techniques to help you get your tastiest turkey ever. Now, let’s talk tips.
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Brine Your Bird
To add extra flavor and tenderness to your Thanksgiving turkey, try a basic brine. Soaking the turkey in this saltwater mixture helps to tenderize the meat while adding flavor and moisture throughout the entire turkey. The simplest of brines is plain ol’ saltwater, but we love to add herbs and spices to give the turkey as much flavor as possible—this recipe is a good place to start for an herb-based brine. But take heed, brining is a plan-ahead trick. Your bird should sit in the brine for at least four hours (though overnight is best, so start a full day ahead).