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    Classic Brine for Poultry, Shellfish and Pork

    Classic Brine for Poultry, Shellfish and Pork. Photo by Rita~

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    Rita~'s Note:

    Use this standard brining solution to ensure tasty, juicy meats all the time.  Brine solutions vary according to the chef's preference and they are often infused with herbs and spices, the flavors of which wind up being transferred to the meat during brining. This is from Big Daddy's grilling on line.

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      Bring water to a boil and add the salt and sugar and allow both to completely dissolve.  If you are going to add herbs or seasonings add them now so the hot water will cause them to release their essence.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Place the meat (except for whole birds) into a one-gallon zip-lock bag. Add the cooled brine and press baggie to remove excess air and seal.  Place in fridge for recommended time.
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      Use 1 quart of brine solution per pound of food, not to exceed 2 gallons of brine. Brine for 1 hour per pound, but not for less than 30 minutes or for more than 8 hours.
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      The thickness of the muscle, the strength of the brine.
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      and your own taste determine how long to brine an item. For a moderately strong brine (1 cup salt to 1 gallon water), the following brining times are rough guidelines. If you aren't ready to cook at the end of the brining time, remove the meat from the brine, but keep the meat refrigerated.
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      Shrimp: 30 minutes.
    7. 7
      Whole chicken (4 pounds): 8 to 12 hours.
    8. 8
      Chicken parts: 1 1/2 hours.
    9. 9
      Cornish game hens: 2 hours.
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      Turkey (12 to 14 pounds): 24 hours.
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      Pork chops (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch thick): 1 to 2 days.
    12. 12
      Whole pork tenderloin: 12 hours.
    13. 13
      Whole pork loin: 4 hours.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 11, 2013


      I used this on chicken breasts and I must say that the difference was huge, so from now on I will try to use it as often as I can on variety of protein. Thank you.

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    • on May 04, 2009


      I use this brine all the time. It is especially good with pork. I cannot believe in all the time I have been using this I have rated it yet as I know I have been using this for a few years now. So easy and with so few ingredients it's surprising how much this adds to the meat. I use it a lot while grilling and like to add garlic and sometimes different spices to it but it is wonderful as written. I also have only used splenda with this recipe.

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    • on March 20, 2009


      I used these for pork chops that I made and they were delicious. I like the fact it is a simple brine and I could easily pare it down since there were only 2 porkchops. Will use this quite often. Thank you.

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    Nutritional Facts for Classic Brine for Poultry, Shellfish and Pork

    Serving Size: 1 (1193 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 387.0
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 56616.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 99.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 99.8 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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