Tender Turkey Brine

Tender Turkey Brine

Just in time for Thanksgiving!

Why does some turkey taste like sawdust and others juicy, flavorful and tender?  BRINE!

Soaking a turkey in brine-a solution of salt water- provides it with a nice cushion of seasioned moisture that will last through cooking and give you that flavorful, tender bird!  Brining meat loosens the protein structure and allows extra water and flavors to be trapped by the protein during the brining process.

If you have never tried brining your bird, I highly recommend it.  The difference is incredible!

I usually let mine brine 14-20 hours.  A common guideline is 1 hour per pound to brine, but don’t be afraid to go longer, but not to exceed 24 hours.

**Be sure your turkey is thawed before you begin the brining process.  Do not brine a partially frozen turkey.  The results will not be the same.




Turkey Brine (For 12-14 pound bird)
1 gallon vegetable broth
1 C sea salt
1T crushed, dried rosemary
1T dried sage
1T dried thyme
1T dried savory
1 gallon ice water
Large food safe bucket or stockpot


-In a large stock pot, combine the vegetable broth, sea salt, rosemary, sage, thyme and savory.

-Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to be sure salt is dissolved.

-Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (this usually takes approx 2-3 hours for this size batch)

-When broth mixture is cool, pour into a clean food safe bucket, or stockpot appropriate for your bird size

-Stir in the ice water

-Wash and dry your turkey.  Make sure you remove all innards.  Place turkey, breast down into the brine.  Make sure that the cavity gets filled.  Place the bucket, covered  in the refrigerator overnight. If it’s cold you may store it in your garage.

-Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry.  Discard excess brine.

-Place turkey, breast up in baking pan and loosely cover top with foil.  Removing foil 30-40 mins before bird it done to allow skin to brown nicely.

-Reserve the drippings left in the pan for gravy.

***Brined turkeys cook 20-30 minutes faster so keep an eye on the temperature gauge.

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