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Brined Turkey

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"I love a brined turkey. When you think about cooking any poultry for more than two hours, you definitely want a bird that was packed in a saline solution or brined yourself. Never again will you have a dry turkey. The osmosis will make your bird tender and juicy. This recipe is good for turkeys between 12 and 22 pounds. Roast as desired."
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12 h 20 m servings 730
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 turkey)


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  1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large pot; stir kosher salt and white sugar into the water to dissolve completely. Remove from heat and let cool somewhat before transferring to a large food-safe container large enough to hold the brine and turkey, but small enough to fit in your refrigerator. Pour 2 gallons cold water into the container; add rosemary sprigs, thyme sprigs, garlic, Allspice, and black pepper.
  2. Gently submerge turkey into the brine; refrigerate for 12 to 36 hours.
  3. Remove turkey from the brine and rinse both inside and outside thoroughly. Discard brine.


  • Editor's Notes:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.
  • Always brine foods in a food-grade, non-reactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled stockpot, a brining bag, or a food-grade plastic bucket. Never use ordinary trash bags, plastic trash cans, or metal buckets or containers not meant for food use.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 730 calories; 31.9 12.9 92 268 11627 Full nutrition

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Great base recipe - This wasn't my first brine so I went off the reservation and was rewarded with a great tasting turkey. I used fresh savory and sage in addition to thyme and rosemary (use wha...

Made wonderful turkey and gravy! Brined the turkey for 30 hours.

I boiled 1.5 cups coarse salt with about 8 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon each pepper corns, tyme and rosemary in only 1 quart water (or 4 cups). Once salt dissolved I added another quart icy cold wa...

Turkey came out moist and delicious!

This was the first turkey I ever made. Everyone said it was so tasty and moist!

So easy to do - Our turkey was moist throughout and tasted fantastic.! We'll definitely use this recipe again.

Yes!! Loved it however I added organic garlic, celery & onion FABULOUS!!!!

Took a while, but WELL worth it! All my turkeys will be brined from now on.

This is the first time using a brine. I can't believe how it turned out. The turkey was juicy and delicious. We didn't have any leftovers, none. That has never happened before. I used pieces in...