Savory and delicious brined turkey

A brine is a simple water solution mostly of salt. The salt tenderizes meat as it soaks for at least eight hours. A brined turkey is moist and delicious and I would highly recommend you try it this Thanksgiving! Your family and friends won’t be disappointed.

One note: if you decide to brine, purchase a turkey that is not self-basting. That will eliminate some of the salt content in your turkey.

Brine:

  • vegetable broth (1-2 gallons, enough to fill half to 3/4’s a pot with turkey)
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1  bunch of fresh rosemary
  • 1 bunch of  sage
  • 1 bunch of  thyme
  • 1 gallon ice water
  • 15 lb turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon of cracked pepper

1. Clean turkey, taking out inside content, and pat dry

2. Combine above ingredients in 2-3 cups of the broth and bring to a boil

3. Stir frequently until salt and sugar dissolve

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Place turkey in stock pot or roaster. If using a roast pour brine in and place turkey breast down. If using a pot pour brine in after turkey is in pot. Make sure to pour some of the brine in the cavity of the turkey.

5. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

6. Once brining is complete, remove turkey, pat dry and discard brine.

7. Make a butter made of the same delicious spice plus garlic (2 sticks of butter softened, 1 tablespoon of dried thyme, sage, and rosemary. 2 tablespoons of minced garlic)

8. Rub butter all over turkey and under skin of breast. Cook depending on size of turkey as per package directions.

Enjoy!

by Trillia Newbell

 

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