Brining a Turkey

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I love Thanksgiving! But I’ll have to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of turkey. Never. That is, until last year, when I had a brined turkey. It was not the first time I’d made turkey, but definitely the first time that I ever had a brined turkey and I will never make turkey any other way.

Brining it is similar to marinating, but the mixture is flavored salt water. This gives the turkey flavor in every bite, and makes the juiciest bird you will ever serve. I do enjoy cooking, but am not a foodie, but seriously, if you’ve never had a brined turkey, try it! Even if you don’t like turkey ;)

Essentials:

  1. Turkey
  2. Large pot or cooler
  3. Kosher salt
  4. Veggies – Onions, Celery, Carrots
  5. Sliced apples
  6. Seasonings – Any you choose, but I major in garlic, parsley, bay leaves, and lemon juice
  7. Brown Sugar
  8. Butter

Brining

  1. Place defrosted Turkey in pot/pan
  2. Using a 1 gallon of water to 1 cup of kosher salt ratio, cover turkey in saltwater
  3. Add apples, onions, apples, seasonings and between 1/4-1/3 cup of sugar per gallon
  4. Refrigerate 12 hours or overnight

Baking

  1. Place turkey breast side DOWN in roasting pan
  2. Add sliced apples in the cavity of the turkey – adds moisture
  3. Slice a stick of unsalted butter and place on turkey
  4. Season turkey as desired
  5. Put a bit of the brine water in the pan, about 2 inches deep
  6. Bake as directed
  7. During last hour, rotate the bird breast side up to brown the skin

It is a little more work than just putting it in the pan, but it not so bad considering you’ll be glad for leftovers!

These pics were taken last year before I started the blog, so never mind the mess! I made the turkey for Christmas last year so I thought I’d share my kids in their mommy made Jammie’s ;) it was just me and my husband so the meal was simple but I shared it anyway. Let me know if you try it!!!

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