Homemade Turkey Brine (Recipe)
A Thanksgiving turkey soaked for 10 hours in turkey brine and then roasted in the oven. By TheKohser via Wikimedia Commons
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Looking for the best turkey brine recipe? If you want succulent and moist turkey, a homemade brine is something you should use. Check out the homemade brine recipe below.
What is a brine?
It is a method of marinating a food item in salted water in order to increase its moisture content.
Amazingly, it doesn't make the turkey taste salty, but nicely seasoned and juicier than you could imagine. You can brine any poultry meat that you wish.
To begin, of course, you have to know how large a turkey is needed. A little more than 50 percent of a turkey's weight consists of bones, fat and skin. Figure on approximately one pound of whole turkey per person, or slightly less if feeding a lot of children.
Each person will enjoy about eight ounces of pure meat, using this method. If you like lots of leftovers for sandwiches and casseroles, be sure to factor that in as well.
If you can, buy a fresh, unfrozen turkey for the best flavor. If you have a frozen turkey though, transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw completely before you brine it.
A fully frozen turkey can take up to a whole day to thaw for each four pounds that it weighs (i.e. three days for twelve pounds).
Be sure to remove the packet of giblets from the cavity of the bird. These are the heart, kidneys, and liver, and sometimes the neck. You can reserve them to make gravy if you desire.
Following is my favorite brine recipe.
Homemade Turkey Brine
This is THE best turkey brine recipe to use. Use for deep frying, smoking or roasting - it's hands down the BEST. To be honest, I don't want to try another, this is perfect because the compliments are never ending.....
- 2 gallons of water (or enough to cover turkey completely)
- 1 cup kosher salt (NOT TABLE SALT)
- 1/4 cup homemade worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup homemade brown sugar, packed
- 1 onion, peeled and halved
- 3 TBS garlic, minced
- 1 TBS freshly ground black pepper
Bring the water to a boil and add all ingredients. Take off the heat and stir until the salt and sugar is dissolved. Set aside until turkey brine is at room temperature.
Place the turkey in the brine mixture and soak in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. Rinse well and pat completely dry.
Place in the smoker, deep fryer or oven and cook until juices run clear. Then call me and I will be right over to eat.
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