November 18, 2005

How to Brine a Turkey

How to brine a turkey

1 gallon of vegetable stock OR 1 gallon water plus 1 vegetable bullion cube
1 quart orange juice
1 quart cold water
1 cup salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 pickling spices
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns

1 turkey (we used an 18 lb turkey)


WARNING: This part should be done the night before you want to roast the turkey
In very large pot, combine stock, brown sugar, spices and salt. Bring to a boil. Cool completely, refrigerate overnight.
THEN: Six hours before you want to cook the turkey...
Mix the stock mixture, orange juice and cold water. Place turkey in a nonreactive pot* large enough to hold the turkey and liquid. Pour brine over turkey. Refrigerate the turkey for 6 hours. Roast as usual or use our super quick method.

*Note: if you don't have a large nonreactive pot (or aren't sure), you could use a large, thick trash bag to line any pot.