Turkey Brine

This is our default brine recipe for turkey.

  • 1.5 cups kosher salt
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 large onion, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 large sprigs thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

Bring salt, sugar, and 1 quart (4 cups) water to a boil in a very large (16-qt.) pot, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved. Add remaining ingredients to brine base. Turn off heat.

Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold.

Add 7 quarts cold water to pot. Add turkey.

Place a plate on top of turkey to keep submerged. Cover; chill for up to 72 hours. (The turkey will be moister and more flavorful if allowed to brine the full 72 hours.)

Based on the BA Basic Brine recipe here: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/11/a-simple-brine

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