Brining a turkey requires submerging the entire fresh, uncooked bird into a water, salt and sugar solution containing other spices and seasonings. For best results, brine a turkey overnight or up to 24 hours, depending on recipe.
Some good turkey brines are apple spice brine, smoked turkey brine and cranberry turkey brine. Some other good brines have alcohol bases, such as maple bourbon brined turkey legs or ale brined roasted turkey.
Smoked turkey brine is made by covering a turkey in a mixture made of water, salt, sugar, tarragon and black pepper before smoking it. The water for the brine should not be chlorinated. If it is, boil the water first before making the brine mixture.
To make a simple and basic turkey brine, combine and boil 1 cup kosher salt, aromatics, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 gallon of water. Allow the brine to cool, and add in 1 gallon of cold water. Transfer the brine into a 4- to 5-gallon bucket.
At a temperature of 325 degrees F in a preheated oven, a brined turkey takes about 13 minutes per pound to cook. Alternatively, the turkey is fully cooked when the internal temperature of the deepest part of the breast reaches 175 degrees F.
Martha Stewart offers a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for turkey brine that uses coarse salt and various herbs and seasonings. This recipe makes enough brine for one 18- to 20-pound turkey.
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.
To make a simple, basic turkey brine, combine 2 gallons of cold water with 2 cups kosher salt and 1 cup granulated sugar in a large food-safe container, mixing the ingredients until the salt and sugar dissolve. Submerge the turkey, and let it brine for 18 to 24 hours.
Brining is a process used in cooking, similar to marination, in which an individual submerges food in brine, or salt water. Brine may have sugar, spices or other flavoring agents added to enhance the flavor of the food, usually meat.
A good recipes for a brined turkey is Out of This World Turkey Brine, which calls for 2 gallons of water, 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 cups of canning salt, 1/3 cup of brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of minced garlic. To make it, place a turkey along with all the ingredients in a large conta