A girl is prepared for a birching. Note the tub filled with brine in which the two birch rods are soaked.

Brine is water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, often used for preserving and pickling foods.

To brine means to immerse, preserve or pickle in salt water. Placing a turkey in a bucket of brine for several hours increases the flavor during cooking. Placing a freshly-cut hickory branch in brine pickles it, rendering it more flexible for a disciplinary switching.

Brining a spanking implement before use serves three purposes:

  • It makes the implement more flexible and durable.
  • It adds weight to the implement.
  • It can also increase the sting if salt is transferred to the bottom of the spankee.

Brining is used for the following spanking implements:

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