Brining is the process of soaking food in a solution of salt and water. Although a brine only requires salt and water, it is common to add flavouring agents to the brine as osmotic pressure will circulate any solutes in the brine throughout much of the food.
Modern Uses in Home Recipes edit
Commonly, meat is soaked in a brine solution overnight, then taken out of the brine and roasted or grilled. The result is juicier than without brining. Brining can affect the texture of the meat a little, but the flavor can be much improved.