Turkey Brine With Wine - Martha Stewart
photo by Chicagoland Chef du Jour
- Ready In:
- 24hrs 30mins
10 quarts Brine Solution
- 7 quarts water
- 1 1⁄2 cups coarse salt
- 6 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries
- 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, black, brown choose either one
- 18 -20 lbs fresh whole turkey, patted dry, neck and giblets reserved for stock, liver reserved for stuffing
- 1 (750 ml) bottle dry riesling wine, I used 1/2 bottle
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
Tools and Materials:
- 5-gallon brining container (tub, stockpot, or bucket).
- Large brining or oven-roasting bag.
- Refrigerator (or a cooler with ice).
- One day before roasting turkey, bring 1 quart water, the salt, bay leaves, and spices to a simmer, stirring until salt has dissolved. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Step 2: Submerge the Turkey. I used a brining bag.
- To minimize cleanup, line a 5-gallon container with a large brining or oven-roasting bag. Place turkey in bag. Add salt mixture, remaining 6 quarts (24 cups) water, and the other ingredients. Tie bag; if turkey is not submerged, weight it with a plate. Refrigerate for 24 hours, flipping turkey once.
- If there isn't room in your refrigerator, place the bagged bird inside a cooler, and surround it with ice, replenishing as necessary to keep it at 40 degrees.
- Step 3: Remove and Roast.
- Remove turkey from brine one hour before you're ready to roast it, and pat it dry inside and out. Let stand for up to 1 hour before roasting it to your preferred recipe's specifications.
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