If you've paid attention to any sort of Thanksgiving-themed food show over the last few years, you've heard about brining, a process that soaks meat to help fight off the inevitable moisture loss during cooking, while simultaneously unwinding muscle fibers with salt. This simple, almost magical aid is the holiday ace from your back pocket -- the secret to transforming your typically dry turkey into a moist and succulent masterpiece, and one that masks many typical over-roasting mistakes. All that's required is a quick and simple brine and an overnight soak; Thanksgiving morning, dump the brine, and toss the bird into the oven.

Check out the slideshow above for our step-by-step turkey-brining instructions!

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