Terrific Turkey Brine Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Terrific Turkey Brine

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"I came up with this recipe after trying several brines and taking the best from them all. Try it and taste the difference. It makes enough for a 9 to 12 pound turkey."

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    15 mins

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  1. Line a large stockpot with a large food safe bag. Pour the water, wine, and salt into the bag; stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Squeeze the orange quarters into the liquid and then drop them into the pot. Add the rosemary and give a final stir.
  2. To use, carefully lower a thawed turkey into the brine and tie the bag to seal; store in refrigerator at least 5 hours before cooking.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 26, 2008

This recipe is the best, I have never cooked a more tender and juicy turkey in all my years cooking. Great!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 14, 2008

I think it is important to use KOSHER salt on this one


8 Ratings

Nov 27, 2011

This was the best turkey I've ever made! It was moist for the entire week of leftovers. I did a 16 pounder and it was plenty. After taking it out of the brine, drying it and letting it come to room temp, I rubbed it with butter herb rub of sage, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Added sald and pepper and cooked. Delicious! Thank you!

Nov 25, 2011

This was awesome! Next time I will reduce the salt just a little, but I am really looking forward to using this brine again! I liked that it didn't need a super long time to brine, too. I have never cooked a better turkey.

Sep 26, 2013

Put a 20# Turkey in a large bag and covered turkey with Terrific Turkey Brine. I added 1 sliced apple and 1 sliced orange to brine.Sealed bag Put bag in ice cooler and covered with ice I left it in bag all night. This was the best Turkey I have ever eaten and my family agrees.So moist and flavorable.

Dec 10, 2012

For years my mom has been plagued with dry turkey so finally this year I talked her into brining the turkey. We used this recipe with a 10 lbs turkey and had amazing results! We used kosher salt. We let it brine overnight, which to our surprise it wasn't too salty (at least to our taste). My sister who is a die hard dark meat fan actually preferred the white meat this time! Definitely give this a try and use Kosher salt!


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