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Ultimate Turkey Brine

Ultimate Turkey Brine

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Eric

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.'

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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

Directions

  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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Reviews

plasmazombie
5
11/23/2012

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

Victoria
2
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
1
2/17/2014

Love this! Nuff said!