Does Ina Garten brine her turkey?

Unlike the other turkey recipes I tried (here’s Ree Drummond’s, Martha Stewart’s, and Alton Brown’s), Ina opts for a dry brine instead of a wet one, and her turkey roasts at the same oven temperature the whole time, allowing you (the busy Thanksgiving host) to walk away to prep the rest of the meal.

How do you brine a turkey Nigella?

For the Turkey Brining

  1. approx. 6 litres water.
  2. 1 large orange or 2 smaller (quartered)
  3. 1 cup sea salt flakes (or 125g / ½ cup table salt)
  4. 3 tablespoons black peppercorns.
  5. 1 bouquet garni.
  6. 1 cinnamon stick.
  7. 1 tablespoon caraway seeds.
  8. 4 cloves.

Is brining your turkey worth it?

The short answer: there’s no reason to brine if you have a flavorful turkey. To keep your turkey moist, cover the breast with foil so that it doesn’t dry out. You can also stuff some stuffing under the skin of the breast to keep the meat from drying out and add even more flavor.

How long before cooking should you brine a turkey?

Pop the turkey into the fridge and let it brine for at least 8 hours (and up to 18 hours). Just don’t leave the turkey in the brine for longer than recommended—over-brining can render the bird too salty and turn the texture spongy.

What temperature do you cook turkey Ina Garten?


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out.
  3. Roast the turkey for 2 1/2 hours, basting from time to time with pan juices, until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh.

How do you prepare a turkey the night before?

Place the turkey in a shallow dish just large enough to hold it and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one or two days. The day before you plan to roast the turkey, remove the plastic wrap and leave the turkey in the fridge. The skin will dry out and turn a little translucent.

Why You Should Never baste your turkey?

Do Not Baste. Basting the skin is not necessary to flavor the meat. You’ll flavor the skin, but you’ll also let heat out of the oven each time you open it to baste. “That means the bird is going to be in there for a longer time cooking, which means it’s going to dry out more,” Brown says.

Should you soak turkey in salt water?

For many home cooks, brining is one way to counteract the dryness. The process—soaking the turkey in a saline solution prior to cooking it—helps the turkey take in extra moisture, resulting in moist and juicy dark and light meat. Perhaps the most important part of brining is planning ahead.

Should I salt my turkey the night before?

It’s simple, really. Salt the turkey, cover it, then stick it in the fridge. Overnight the salt draws moisture from the interior of the bird to the surface, where it combines with the salt and other seasonings. Eventually, that flavorful salted liquid is reabsorbed by the meat, seasoning it throughout.

What container do you brine a turkey in?

To brine a turkey, you will first need a large, nonreactive container; this can be plastic, glass, or stainless steel. Other metal containers will react with the brine solution and give the turkey a metallic flavor. One trick is to use a large, food-safe sealable bag.