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I am getting ready for Thanksgiving again this year and had to find the brine recipe that I used last year because it made THE MOST INCREDIBLE TURKEY THAT I HAVE EVER TASTED! Well, this is the one! We used Kosher salt and brown sugar and also added minced garlic, a little bit of thyme and some rosemary and let it soak for 18 hours total. I took a plate of leftovers to my dad last year and he loved the turkey so much that he is coming to our house this year for Thanksgiving dinner. And last year was the first time that I had ever cooked a turkey in my life! The only thing that I have to say is MAKE SURE YOU RINSE THE TURKEY WELL! I did not pay attention to that step and my stuffing got REALLY salty, but it was my own dumb fault. Thank you for posting this. I will never make a turkey another way so long as I live!
I have used this brine as a base several times now and love it! Usually when I make chicken I marinate it overnight so it has a chance to take on some flavor, but this is so much quicker! For chicken pieces I only marinate for an hour and a half since it was a little salty for my taste the first time I tried it (at 2 hours). I usually replace half the water with beer and might try it with wine next. I also add in some garlic cloves, black peppercorns, fresh rosemary or other herbs from my garden...makes the most flavorful and moist chicken!
My Christmas turkey tasted great! I let my bird sit in the brine, in a stockpot, overnight.
Wow! Decided to try this recipe on a turkey breast. I've never brined before but now I'm hooked. The turkey is so moist and tasty. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.
Very good! And Easy!!! I also doubled the brine for a 16 pound turkey. So very moist!
We loved this! It was delicious! My brother, who is a trained chef, was even complimentary of my turkey! High praise, indeed. :)This will become a standard at our Thanksgiving table. Thanks so much!
I have never brined a turkey before, but I think I will from now on. The turkey breast, which usually comes out a little dry for me, was so moist and tender using this brine!
Soo moist! Thank you!
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I tried this turkey brine for the first time this year, in fact this is my first brined turkey. What a delicious turkey, my husband and I said this is by far the most tender turkey we have ever eaten, not to mention flavorful. I have been giving everyone copies for their own.