HOW TO MAKE TURKEY BRINE

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BASIC BRINE FOR TURKEY


BASIC BRINE FOR TURKEY

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
  • Small handful of aromatics (garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, lemon or orange zest removed in strips)
Method: 
Combine salt, sugar, aromatics and 1/2 gallon (8 cups) of water in a large pot and place over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in remaining 1/2 gallon water (or water and ice) and cool completely.

Pour brine into a container just large enough to hold turkey comfortably. (A 4- or 5-gallon vessel should be good for a 10- to 12-pound turkey.) Add turkey; add a little more water or ice to submerge it if necessary. Turn bird a few times and then leave breast-side down in the water; place a heavy plate over the poultry if it floats. Chill 5 to 6 hours. Remove bird from brine, discard brine and roast as directed. Enjoy !


My Favorite Turkey Brine


My Favorite Turkey Brine

Ingredients

  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons tricolor peppercorns
  • 5 whole bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Peel of 3 large oranges, cut into large strips
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves stripped off
  • 1 uncooked fresh turkey

Directions

Combine the water, cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, orange strips and rosemary leaves in a large pot. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, and then turn off the heat and cover. Allow to cool completely, and then place into the fridge to chill.
Place an uncooked, fresh turkey in the chilled brine solution, and then refrigerate for 16 to 24 hours. (You may add more cold water if you need more liquid for the size of turkey you have.)
When you're ready to roast the turkey, remove the turkey from the brine. Submerge the turkey in a pot or sink of fresh, cold water. Allow to sit in the clean water for 15 to 20 minutes to remove excess salt from the outside. Discard the brine.
Remove the turkey from the water, and then rinse again, pat dry and cook according to your normal roasting method. Enjoy it!


Savory Turkey Brine


Savory Turkey Brine

Ingredients:

* 2 quarts vegetable stock
* 1/2 cup salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
* 1 tablespoon dried sage
* 1 tablespoon dried thyme
* 2 quarts cold water

Preparation:
In a large pot combine vegetable stock, salt, sugar, and herbs over a medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water. Place turkey in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top, cover and refrigerate. Brine for 1 hour per pound. Enjoy it!



FRUITY TURKEY BRINE

FRUITY TURKEY BRINE

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 onion, cut into thick slices
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Preparation:

Take two cups of the water and place in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Add salt and stir to dissolve. Pour into a large pot. Cut lemon and orange into 1/8ths. Squeeze juice into pot and drop in citrus pieces. Add all remaining ingredients. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to use.
Place poultry and brine in a large plastic container. Keep refrigerated. Brine for 1 hour per pound. Enjoy !


Clove and Honey Brine for Turkey


Clove and Honey Brine for Turkey

Ingredients:

* 1 large bag of ice
* 1 gallon hot water
* 2 quarts chicken broth
* 1 pound table salt (non-iodine)
* 1 pound honey
* 2 tablespoons whole cloves

Preparation:
Combine salt and hot water until it dissolves. Add honey, broth, and cloves to mixture. Once thoroughly mixed, add ice. Brine for 1 hour per pound. Enjoy !

Cranberry Turkey Brine


Cranberry Turkey Brine

Ingredients:
  • 2 quarts cranberry juice
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 12 cloves garlic, unpeeled and lightly smashed
  • 4 springs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6-8 bay leaves
Preparation:

Combine ingredients and place in a large pot. Add turkey to pot, making sure that brine covers turkey. If not, add more water to mixture. Brine for 1 hour per pound.
Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey, inside and out, before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. Enjoy it!

Smoked Turkey Brine Recipe


Smoked Turkey Brine Recipe

Ingredients:

* 1 gallon water
* 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 6 fresh tarragon leaves or 1/4 cup dried tarragon
* 1 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:
The water you use should not be chlorinated. If you don't have easy access to good spring water. Boil it first, let the water cool and then add all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Place Turkey in large non-metallic dish and cover completely with brine. Let sit in refrigerator for 1 hour per pound. Remove Turkey from Brine, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Coat with olive oil. Place in Smoker. Enjoy!