Determine the volume of brine you’ll need to completely submerge the meat you’re preparing (a whole turkey, for example, will need much more brine than, say, pork chops). Place that volume of water in a container large enough to hold the brine and the meat.
Add 1 tablespoon of salt for every cup of water you used and mix until the salt is completely dissolved. For example, if you are using 1 gallon (16 cups) of water, add 16 tablespoons (1 cup) of salt.
Place the meat in the brine and put the whole container in the refrigerator. If it doesn’t fit, place it in an ice chest filled with ice.
The length of time the brine takes to enter the meat depends on the meat’s thickness. Let it soak for 2–3 hours per inch of thickness.
When you’re ready to cook, rinse the brine off the meat, pat it dry, and prepare as desired.