Grandma's Farmhouse Turkey Brine

Grandma's Farmhouse Turkey Brine

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"A must-do for the most tasty and juicy turkey utilizing traditional ingredients which compliment a roasting bird. The roasting pan juices make for the worlds best gravy. Do not add salt to your gravy; the brine juices have done that for you. Enjoy a prairie favorite!"


1 h 30 m servings
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  1. Stir the salt, poultry seasoning, onion powder, and black pepper together in a large stockpot. Pour in the vegetable stock, water, and cranberry juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. To use, submerge a turkey into the cooled brine and refrigerate 12 to 16 hours to brine. Drain the turkey and pat dry before roasting according to your recipe's directions.


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  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.
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  1. 29 Ratings


Absolutely fabulous... do you remember your Grandma or Mom's turkey dinners? They were scrumptious but usually a little on the dry side until Grandma began brining. Beautifully moist and tender ...

This was my first turkey and I knew my best chance of it being great was to brine it. It turned out perfectly! So juicy, I'm definitely keeping this recipe!

I had very high hopes for this recipe because the brine smelled ridiculously good. It smelled like thanksgiving the day before thanksgiving. However, i don't think any of the actual seasonings...

Add fressh herbs - rosemary, thyme & tarragan. Tie them together and boil it in the half water, half chicken broth. Add Copped garlic and poutry seasoning. Add 2 cups of sugar along with the sal...

Love this recipe. I have used it for several years now. My family insists that I used this brine when cooking Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys. It is easy, inexpensive and definitely makes ...

I am looking forward to using this again this year. Tried it last year. It was great. My husband said the white meat was the juiciest he had ever had in his life. And he's had alot of turkey din...

Just wanted to say that this is the best brine I have ever used! I tried this year and everyone could not stop talking about how good this was. I had a 25 lb turkey, had to feed 15 people and I ...

This was the juciest turkey that I have ever had...simply amazing. Careful with your pan drippings, though, as they are VERY salty and could ruin your gravy.

excellent brine. I didn't change a thing - except I added more water to cover the turkey. We grilled the turkey and it was done so much faster than a non-brined turkey - so watch out for that.