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Savory Sweet Brined Turkey

(recipe, Maria Wasowski)


- Savory Sweet Life – Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook - - How to Brine a Turkey Posted By alice On November 19, 2010 @ 7:18 pm In Turkey | 51 Comments


  1. Turkey Brine Recipe
  2. 1 gal. water, divided
  3. 1 cup kosher salt
  4. 2 cups sugar
  5. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 2 Tbsp. sage
  7. 2 Tbsp. thyme
  8. 2 Tbsp. rosemary
  9. 1 Tbsp. pepper
  10. 4 cups ice


  1. Directions:
  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a simmering boil. Add salt and sugar. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Turn off the heat. Stir in 8 cups cold water, apple cider vinegar, sage, thyme, rosemary, pepper, and ice. The brine is ready to be used.
  3. Remove giblets and neck from the cavity. Rinse the outside and inside of a thawed turkey. Using paper towels, pat the turkey dry. Complete submerge the turkey in a large soup pot bigger than the bird and cover with a lid. Allow the turkey to marinate for at least 12 hours and up to 2 days. Rinse turkey and pat dry before adding additional seasoning, butter, or oil in preparation for roasting.
  4. *It’s important to reiterate not to use a self basting, pre-seasoned, or kosher turkey. Otherwise the turkey will be too salty. Happy Thanksgiving!
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