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We interviewed Georgia gal Gena Knox for our Southern characters section (read the full article here) and ended up talking turkey, just in time for Thanksgiving. Gena offers Turkey Perfect Brining Kits through her company Fire & Flavor. She knew that during the cooking process, meat can lose up to 30 percent of its water, but a properly brined and cooked turkey will reduce that loss by half. So, Fire & Flavor's Brining mixes include salt and spices that help to trap moisture in the turkey, a process Gena says is "one of the best ways to cook a turkey." After brining, the turkey can be roasted, smoked, grilled or even fried. Fire & Flavor's brine mixes, also available at Whole Foods and Bed, Bath and Beyond, come in apple sage, herb, ancho chile and herbs de provence flavors and include a large brine bag. This Thanksgiving, we plan on brining our turkey in the herb flavor before dropping it into a fryer, a turkey cooking method that's popular in South Louisiana. Since this will be our first time brining, we'll be using the Fire & Flavor website and its section with turkey perfect instructions, a video by Gena and tips and

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