George and Andrew violently disagree on whether brining meat matters. George thinks brining is totally unnecessary; Andrew thinks George is a heathen. They resolve their dispute with the help of some chemistry, a blind tasting, and DC’s very own Roaming Rooster.
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For a guide on how to brine turkey (*not* 5 days) see J. Kenji’s comprehensive blog post:
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