Harvest Turkey Brine

Easy brine for an 11-pound turkey. Use any herbs you prefer.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 30 mins
Total Time:
1 day 1 hr 15 mins
1 11-pound turkey


  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock

  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container vegetable stock

  • 2 cups Pinot Grigio wine

  • 2 Fuji apples, sliced

  • 2 medium oranges, sliced

  • 3 small lemons, sliced

  • 1 Anjou pear, sliced

  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and crushed

  • ½ yellow onion, sliced

  • ½ bunch fresh rosemary, or to taste

  • ½ bunch fresh thyme, or to taste

  • ½ bunch fresh sage, or to taste

  • kitchen twine

  • 1 cup water

  • ¾ cup sea salt

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons dried bell peppers

  • 2 tablespoons dried vegetable flakes

  • 2 tablespoons multi-colored whole peppercorns

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 1 gallon iced water

  • 1 (11 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • 1 extra-large turkey bag


  1. Combine chicken stock, vegetable stock, and with wine in a large pot. Toss in apples, oranges, lemons, pear, garlic, and onion. Tie rosemary, thyme, and sage together with kitchen twine; add to the pot. Stir in 1 cup water, salt, sugar, dried peppers, vegetable flakes, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil; stir to dissolve salt and sugar.

  2. Remove brine from heat and let cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator.

  3. Combine brine with 1 gallon of heavily iced water 1 to 2 days before serving the turkey. Place thawed turkey in an extra-large turkey bag and pour in enough brine to cover completely. Refrigerate.

  4. Remove turkey from the brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard brine and start cooking.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
21g Fat
15g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 3531mg 154%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 22mg 112%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 42mg 232%
Potassium 826mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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