Recipe by Patrick
"This turkey brine will impart incredible flavor to your bird and keep it moist no matter how long you cook it. The allspice berries give this recipe a unique and wonderful flavor, so depending on how much of this flavor you want, you can add more or less berries. Kosher salt is the best option for any brine, but if you don't have any on hand, substitute the 1 1/4 cup of kosher salt for 1 cup of table salt. I once used this to brine a turkey that took 7 hours to cook, and it was still one of the most moist and juicy turkeys I ever made. This recipe will make enough to cover up to a 17 pound turkey."
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1 1/4 cups
light brown sugar
whole black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons
whole allspice berries
I used this brine in conjunction with the Herb-Glazed Roasted Turkey, also on Allrecipes.com, so it's tough to say if the brine was totally successful in doing what it was supposed to accomplish. However, my turkey was moist and tasty, so I figure it probably did what it was supposed to do.
A quick warning though.... "Ready in about 1 1/4 hours" is WAY off! I "set aside to cool completely".... In fact, it sat on my deck in 40 degree weather to cool down and after 4 hrs it was still close to 60 degrees. Not a temp to start brining a turkey! Make this WAY ahead of time and allow to cool. Don't wait until the last minute.
I have never brined a turkey before. This was the best turkey I had ever made! My family was very impressed. Will always use the brining method in the future.
This was a great, simple recipe. I couldn't find vegetable stock, which is required for most other brines, but I had almost everything for this recipe. I only had dried herbs, but it still worked great. This gives the turkey a nice juicy flavor, without a lot of herb and citrus notes that you find in other brines. I brined the turkey for 24 hours before roasting.
I have used this for four years now. My family was scared it would destroy their traditional roasted turkey. After eating it they would not want me to switch back to no brine!
Was great! Made my turkey very juicy. Just be careful to not keep the turkey in for too long as it does make it very salty.
Used everything but the bay leaf, everybody loved it on Thanksgiving!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Incredible Turkey Brine
Serving Size: 1/1 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 5
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