Ultimate Turkey Brine

Ultimate Turkey Brine

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"Simple overnight brine that will make any turkey moist and tasty. You can use this recipe for turkeys in the 15 to 20-pound range. Brining works best for fresh turkeys; you should definitely not brine any turkey that is already injected with a 'solution.'"

Ingredients 2 h 25 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 44 cals

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 44 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.3g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 6081 mg
  • 243%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot. Stir salt and sugar into the water until dissolved; bring water again to a boil. Add cloves, bay leaves, peppercorns, rosemary, and thyme to the water, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook mixture at a simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate brine until completely cooled.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Pour cooled brine into a non-reactive container large enough to hold your turkey. I keep a large plastic bucket just for brining. Add thawed turkey; add enough cool water to cover turkey with liquid. Refrigerate overnight to 12 hours. Remove from brine and let sit on counter about 2 hours before planning to start roasting (see 'Ultimate Roast Turkey' recipe).
  • Nutrition:
  • 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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plasmazombie
11/23/2012

I also included 1 tbs. oregano and 3 cloves of garlic. Perfect turkey.

Victoria
12/20/2013

This is my second attempt at brining. Once you get the hang of it(like most things) ....it's so simple! My daughter doesn't usually like turkey because it's usually dry. But after the first turkey .....she was like "MoM! You have to make it like this FOREVER" it was so good. Can't wait to see how this one comes out. Thanks for the garlic idea too!

slcartwright
2/17/2014

Love this! Nuff said!