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Have You Ever Dry Brined a Turkey?

I always brine my Thanksgiving turkey in a huge brine-filled tub that sits in my refrigerator for two days, but this year it's out of the question because I don't have the space.

I was at Fresh & Easy recently and I noticed they had a dry brine, which is something I've never heard of before. I guess you cover your turkey in it and then rinse the bird off before preparing it.

Do any of you have any experience using a dry brine? Did your turkey come out well? Would you reccomend a dry brine? I'm assuming a wet brine is preferable, but as I said, that's not an option this year. I guess I'm trying to figure out if I should use a dry brine or not brine at all. To brine or not to brine ...

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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