My Favorite Turkey Brine

Total Time:
24 hr 40 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
24 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
18 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons tricolor peppercorns
  • 5 whole bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, leaves stripped off
  • Peel of three large oranges, removed in large strips
  • 1 turkey
Directions
  • Combine 2 gallons cold water with the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, rosemary and orange peels in a large pot. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and cover.

  • Allow to cool completely, then place into the fridge to chill. Place uncooked turkey in the chilled brine solution, then refrigerate for 16 to 24 hours.

  • When ready to roast the turkey, remove from the brine. Submerge the turkey in a pot or sink of fresh, cold water. Allow to sit in clean water for 15 minutes to remove excess salt from the outside.

  • Discard the brine. Remove the turkey from the clean water, pat dry, and cook according to your normal roasting method.


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