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how to brine a turkey



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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 720 minutes

Total: 750 minutes

Servings: 1


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Step 1

Combine all of the above ingredients you are using a stockpot but exclude any fresh fruit. Boil 10 minutes then cool.

Step 2

Clean and place the turkey in the brining container (I love big plastic bags, the Ziplocs are great). Add the cooled brine, fresh fruit if using, and enough water/ice to cover the turkey. Use a large pan to help support the brining bag. It will help you handle the very heavy bag better.

Step 3

Seal and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. The bird MUST be kept under 40 degrees Fahrenheit for safety. Please see https://www.101cookingfortwo.com/thanksgiving-food-safety-and-food-help/ for more tips.

Step 4

Be SURE to rinse the bird inside and out when removed from the brine. Pat dry and proceed with the cooking. Be very careful and clean up the area after rinsing. See https://www.101cookingfortwo.com/chicken-rinse-not-rinse/

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