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    Roast Brined Turkey

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    52 hrs

    48 hrs

    4 hrs

    Battle in Seattle's Note:

    My mom uses this recipe for her catering business and always gets a lot of compliments. It makes a very moist, herby turkey. (Works great with two bone-in, skin-on turkey breasts, too).

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    1. 1
      In a container large enough to hold the turkey and brine combine all ingredients except the water, turkey and clarified butter.
    2. 2
      In a saucepan bring water to a boil and add to container, stirring to dissolve salt and sugar. Let cool until cold.
    3. 3
      Add turkey to brine so that it is completely submerged, cover, and chill for 48 hours. (A large NEW mop-bucket or Rubbermaid container works great for this.) If turkey is not completely submerged, turn it several times during the 48 hours.
    4. 4
      Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Drain the turkey, pat it dry, and truss. Transfer the turkey to a roasting pan fitted with a rack.
    5. 5
      Rinse a double thickness of cheesecloth in cold water and squeeze out excess moisture. Dip in clarified butter and arrange over the turkey.
    6. 6
      Roast the turkey, basting it frequently with any remaining clarified butter and the pan juices, for 3 to 4 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh joint registers 150 degrees F and the juices run clear.
    7. 7
      Let rest, covered loosely with foil, for 30 minutes before carving.

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    Nutritional Facts for Roast Brined Turkey

    Serving Size: 1 (1388 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1263.9
    Calories from Fat 504
    Total Fat 56.0 g
    Saturated Fat 22.1 g
    Cholesterol 364.8 mg
    Sodium 14467.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 92.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 89.9 g
    Protein 95.6 g

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