HOW TO BRINE A TURKEY

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4.0 stars based on 35 reviews By C. Sturken Preparation - Easy
Prep Time: 30 min -
Soak: 24 hours -
Total time: 24 HOURS 30 MIN
Yield: 1 Turkey

Start 3 days ahead for this flavor enhancing technique - and use the best turkey you can find.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup coarse or kosher salt per gallon
  • 2 tablespoon fresh thyme finely chopped or 1 tablespoon dry thyme
  • 2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 gallon or more water
  • 12 - 14 pound turkey
OO Pot or container large enough for turkey but can also fit in the refrigerator.

METHOD:
  1. IN a large stock pot put 1 gallon of water, sugar, salt, thyme, and pepper.
  2. BRING to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. STRAIN and chill.
  4. PLACE the turkey in a deep pot or roasting pan large enough to cover most or all of the turkey with the brine.
  5. COVER pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  6. TURN turkey in the brine every eight hours for 24 to 36 hours if turkey is not completely covered with brine.
  7. TAKE TURKEY OUT OF FRIDGE AND BRINING SOLUTION, RINSE AND ALLOW TO STAND FIVE HOURS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE YOU WANT TO START ROASTING.

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