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Turkey Brine #2 (Savory Brine)

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Savory Turkey Brine

This savory turkey brine gets some of its salt from vegetable stock. Remember this if you are doing a standard brine calculation. You get a rich flavor with this poultry brine that has that perfect combination of the herbs that go so perfectly with turkey.

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                  Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes                                 Yield: Makes about 1 gallon of brine


•2 quarts vegetable stock

•1/2 cup salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)

•1/2 cup white sugar

•1 tablespoon dried rosemary

•1 tablespoon dried sage

•1 tablespoon dried thyme

•2 quarts cold water


In a large pot combine vegetable stock, salt, sugar, and herbs over a medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.

Place turkey in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top, cover and refrigerate. Brine for 1 hour per pound.

Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey.






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