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Lesson Overview

Brining is simply the technique of submerging meat, fish, or vegetables into a salty solution. Brining is an easy way to add additional moisture to leaner cuts of meat that can tend to dry out during cooking.

Brining is also a very effective way to infuse flavor into neutral-flavored meats suc…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • define brining and explain how it works
  • choose the appropriate container for brining
  • understand salt-to-water ratios
  • understand how to substitute different salts
  • modify the flavor of a brine
  • identify brining times
  • properly prepare meat for cooking after brining

Course Syllabus

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1. Introduction: How to Brine 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. How Brining Works 3 mins
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4. Why Lean Meats are Brined 2 mins
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5. Before You Brine 3 mins
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6. Salt & Water Ratios for Brining 5 mins
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7. How to Flavor Brines 3 mins
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8. Brining Times & Preparing the Meat for Cooking 5 mins
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9. The Results of Brining After Cooking 30 mins
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10. Lesson Practice Recipes 45 mins
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11. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 55 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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What People Are Saying

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Default profile "Awesome lesson! Learned alot!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Short, simple and sweet! Not bad for a lesson on brining. The lesson really helped clarify and reinforce basic concepts on an important topic--one that I had not taken seriously up to now. I am amazed at how much more moisture and tenderness can be achieved in something as simple as pan fried chicken breasts after an hour nor two of brining. The exercises were fun and useful and even more fun to engage others in comparing the results of the technique, especially trying out with others the non-brined, brined and seasoned and brined meats which were so obviously different." ★★★★★
Default profile "I have never heard of brining. This was knowledge that I wish I had 20 years ago. This class alone will change forever my way of cooking. Thank you very much!" ★★★★★
Default profile "I've never fully understood until completing this course when and how to properly brine meat. Thanks a lot!" ★★★★★
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31 Videos | 11 Tasks
Task 1: Introduction: How to Brine
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: How Brining Works
Task 4: Why Lean Meats are Brined
Task 5: Before You Brine
Task 6: Salt & Water Ratios for Brining
Task 7: How to Flavor Brines
Task 8: Brining Times & Preparing the Meat for Cooking

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