This was my first time cooking a turkey,and did so, on Christmas under the watchful eye of seasoned turkey cookers of my mother and mother in law. I NAILED it with this brine and the "perfect" turkey recipe also on this site. (note the perfect turkey recipe has a brine mixture I didn't follow, I just picked up at the cooking process)
First, My turkey was 16lbs. We made the recipe according to plan but I hesitated and added only 3/4 cup of salt and used fresh rosemary and thyme because I had it. I used an extra tetra pack of veg broth as well just to cover the bird. I made the brine and let it sit for a couple hours to reach room temp then we placed everything into a Coleman Cooler and topped it with 3 ziploc bags of ice. It stayed outside on the patio and remained between 2-4 degrees for almost 24 hours.
After brining, i rinsed it well, placed it in the roasted and continued on with the "perfect turkey"recipe.
This turkey was so moist and delicious. I am incredibly happy and will never not brine a turkey again.
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This was my first time cooking a turkey,and did so, on Christmas under the watchful eye of...