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Simple Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

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Add as much flavor as possible to your Turkey this Thanksgiving by marinading, or brining it, for a few days with all of your favorite holiday spices!

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4 quarts cold water
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup kosher salt
6-8 sprigs rosemary
1 bunch thyme
10 black peppercorns
4 cloves garlic
6 cups ice
1 whole turkey, about 15 pounds

1.In a pot bring 1 quart of water to a simmer over medium-low heat add in the sugar and salt. Stir until ingredients are fully dissolved. Remove from heat to cool slightly.

2.Add remaining 3 quarts of cold water into a large bowl, along with the rosemary, thyme, peppercorns, and garlic. Pour in the warm sugar/salt water and stir to combine. To cool the brine completely, add the ice and stir until brine is fully chilled.

3.Put the turkey and brine into a brining bag or container large enough to hold the turkey and all the liquid. Allow the turkey to brine in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days. Remove turkey from brine 1 hour before cooking, rinse quickly and pat dry. Let turkey come to room temperature before roasting.

4.After brining, season turkey with your favorite spices, herbs, oil and or butter. Add a small amount of salt and pepper if you like, but remember that turkey is already salted from brine.

Simple Thanksgiving Turkey Brine


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