Ultimate Turkey Brine

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"Simple overnight brine that will make any turkey moist and tasty. You can use this recipe for turkeys in the 15-20 lb. range. Brining works best for fresh turkeys, you should definitely not brine any turkey that is already injected with a 'solution'."


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  1. In large stock pot, bring about 1 gallon of water to boil.
  2. Add salt and sugar and return to boil. (If using regular salt, decrease by about 1/3)
  3. Add remainder of ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Chill in refrigerator until cool.
  5. Once cooled, add brine to a non-reactive container that is large enough to hold turkey. I keep a large plastic bucket just for brining.
  6. Add turkey (should be thawed) and enough cool water to cover.
  7. Stir and put in refrigerator overnight for about 12 hours. Remove from brine and let sit on counter about 2 hours before planning to start roasting (see Ultimate Roast Turkey recipe).
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