A few people have asked me how I prepare my turkey for Thanksgiving so I just thought I'd share an excellent way to ensure a deliciously moist and flavorful bird. Makes enough brine for one 18 to 20 pound turkey. Ingredients 7 quarts (28 cups) water 1 1/2 cups coarse salt 6 bay leaves 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds 1 fresh whole turkey (18 to 20 pounds), patted dry, neck and giblets reserved for stock, liver reserved for stuffing (optional) 1 bottle dry Riesling 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 6 garlic cloves, crushed 1 bunch fresh thyme Tools and Materials 5 gallon brining container (tub, stockpot, or bucket) Large brining or oven-roasting bag Refrigerator (or a cooler with ice) Processes One day before roasting turkey, bring 1 quart water, the salt, bay leaves, and spices to a simmer, stirring until salt has dissolved. Let cool for 5 minutes. To minimize cleanup, line a 5-gallon container with a large brining or oven-roasting bag. Place turkey in bag. Add salt mixture, remaining 6 quarts (24 cups) water, and the other ingredients. Tie bag; if turkey is not submerged, weight it with a plate. Refrigerate for 24 hours, flipping turkey once. If there isn't room in your refrigerator, place the bagged bird inside a cooler, and surround it with ice, replenishing as necessary to keep it at 40 degrees. Remove turkey from brine one hour before you're ready to roast it, and pat it dry inside and out. Let stand for up to 1 hour before roasting it to your preferred recipe's specifications. You should let your turkey "bathe" for a full 2 to 3 days before cooking to ensure maximum effectivity of the brine. Happy Thanksgiving!