How to Brine a Turkey
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I’m going to show you how to brine a turkey, more importantly we are going to cover the recipe for turkey brine, how long to brine, and why brining a turkey will make it the best one you’ve ever eaten!
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
  • 1 whole turkey, giblets removed
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 4 quarts (16 cups) cold water, divided
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh sage
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  1. Line very large pot (at least 5 quarts) with plastic brining or roasting bag
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups water with salt, bay leaves and spices to a simmer, stirring until salt is dissolved
  3. Cool at least 5 minutes
  4. Place turkey in bag
  5. Add salt mixture
  6. Then pour remaining water over turkey, be sure the turkey is completely submerged, add more water if necessary
  7. Tie bag
  8. Place pot in the refrigerator and chill for 24 hours, flipping turkey once
  9. Remove turkey from brine 1 hour before you are ready to roast and rinse with cold water, pat dry inside and out
  10. Place turkey in roasting pan and let stand up to 1 hour before roasting
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