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Apple Cider Brined Turkey Recipe

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This recipe for Apple Cider Brined Turkey, by , is from The Robbins Family Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Julie Robbins
Added: Thursday, June 19, 2008


for the brine:
8C. apple cider
2/3C. kosher salt
2/3C. sugar
1T. black peppercorns, crushed
1T. whole allspice, crushed
6 whole cloves
1 bay leaves
1 turkey(12 lb.), thawed
2 oranges, quartered
6C. ice

4 garlic cloves
4 fresh sage leaves
4 thyme sprigs
1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
2T. butter, melted and divided
1t. pepper, divided
1/2t. salt, divided

Combine first 8 ingredients in large saucepan, bring to boil. Cook 5 mins. or until sugar and salt dissolves. cool completely. stuff turkey with orange quarters. Place 2 turkey bags in stock pot. put turkey in inner bag. add cider mixture and ice. close with ties and refrigerate 12-24 hours.
Place herbs, onion and broth in bottom of roasting pan. discard oranges and brine. place turkey, breast side down, in roastinf pan. bake at 500 for 30 mins. reduce oven temp. to 350. turn turkey over and bake for 1 hour 15 mins. or until turkey reaches 170

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
this has such great holiday flavor from the cider and spices;i can't imagine doing a turkey any other way now!




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