Brining turkey breast before cooking ensures the meat stays moist and doesn't dry out while roasting. Brining imparts some taste, but for maximum flavor, marinate your turkey instead of (or in addition to) brining. Brining works best with fresh turkeys. If your turkey is frozen, thaw it before brining. Brining requires a large container, and the turkey must stay refrigerated during the brining process, so plan ahead to ensure you have space to accommodate. As a rule of thumb, you should brine your turkey for 45 to 60 minutes per pound. Get more tips on our how to brine a turkey page.