What is a simple recipe for turkey brine?


Quick Answer

To make brine for a turkey, combine 2 gallons cold water with 2 cups kosher salt and 2 cups sugar in a large pot. This recipe should make enough brine for a 12- to 18-pound turkey.

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What is a simple recipe for turkey brine?
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Full Answer

Once the sugar and salt are fully dissolved, place the turkey in a container, and then pour the brining liquid over it, making sure that the entire turkey is fully covered. Place the turkey in the brine in the refrigerator and let it sit for 18 to 24 hours.

Once the turkey has been brined, remove it from the refrigerator and discard the brining liquid. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. If the turkey is going to be roasted within two hours, it can remain sitting out until it is ready to be cooked. However, if it is not going to be cooked for more than two hours, the turkey should then be put back into the refrigerator until it is time to cook it.

Brining a turkey requires a container that is large enough to hold the turkey and the brine. However, if this is not available, it is also possible to brine it in a large plastic bag. Numerous brining kits are available that contain the necessary ingredients and a brining bag.

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