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Basic Brining Solution for Turkey Recipe

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Added: Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 gallons cold water
1 c. coarse kosher salt
1 c. brown sugar
2 T. whole black peppercorns
6 large bay leaves
5 fresh rosemary sprigs

chest cooler
10 pounds ice

20 to 22 pound turkey with neck and giblets removed

Directions:
Directions:
1. Stir all ingredients, except turkey, together until sugar and salt dissolve.
2. Place turkey inside large (33 gallon) trash bag and pour solution over. Press as much air out of the bag as you can. Tie tighly. Place this bag inside another trash bag and tie tighly.
3. Place bagged turkey inside a chest cooler and cover with ice.
4. Brine turkey for a day. Rotate turkey every 12 hours.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Many brining recipes call for putting the bird in a large pot in the fridge but even with all of our fridges, we still don't have room to do that on the day before a major holiday. Thus, Steve and I successfully improvised in the garage with a chest cooler and bagged ice! It works just fine and the bird stays out of the way.

 

 

 

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