Turkey Brine Recipe

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An easy to prepare brine to enhance the flavor and retain the moisture when preparing turkey, as well as other types of poultry. Be sure to select a turkey that is not pre-basted or kosher when brining. Let us show you how to brine a turkey step-by-step.
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  • 12 to 14 lb. turkey (not pre-basted or kosher)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves, broken into pieces
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 head of garlic, peel and separate cloves
  • 4 juniper berries, smashed
  • 4 allspice berries, whole
Container: Large Stockpot
30 mins
30 mins
  • Combine the sugar, salt and 4 quarts of water in a large bowl and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Place the turkey in the stockpot and add the brining solution. Add enough cold water to the stockpot so that the turkey is completely submerged.
  • Cover the container and place in the refrigerator or another cold storage area. Allow the turkey to stand in the brining solution for about 10 to 12 hours.
  • After the required soaking time, remove it from the container and thoroughly rinse under cold water. The brining solution should be discarded because it cannot be reused.
  • The turkey can be cooked using several cooking methods, such as roasting, grilling and deep frying.
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"I used this recipe to brine a 24lb turkey for Thanksgiving. I used capers instead of juniper berries and brined it for close to 24 hours. The turkey was tender, juicy and delicious!!"
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