Monday, November 17, 2014

Jan's Turkey Brine Recipe.

Last year my friend Jan gave me a great brine recipe to try. The turkey turned out so awesome  I had to share. It's one of those recipes you just can't keep to yourself.

1/2 cup salt and sugar to every gallon of water.
3 apples quartered
4 oranges quartered
sage leaves
thyme leaves
I don't measure the herds. I just cover the floor of the cooler with a thin cover of them .
Half a bottle of apple juice
Half a bottle of orange juice.
None of theses amounts are written in stone.  ( Jan added mint to her's ,I didn't. ) It's all up to you and what you like.
I add all this to a clean cooler ,then add the bird. If it's a small bird you can use a 5 gallon bucket. Make sure to add enough ice to keep it cool . I brine mine the day before ( 24 to 30 hours ). Re add ice as needed.
When it was time to cook I added oranges and onions to the cavity and rubbed butter  on the flesh . I then mix butter with chopped rosemary and rubbed it all over the skin.. Throw it in a turkey baking bag and baked. Family loved it and asked for it again this year. 


  1. I've never used a brine. This looks good. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow... it looks so appetizing! Thank you for the recipe, maybe I will try with the chicken cause turkey is so rare here.

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  4. Another note: We brine in a large leaf bag lined cooler keeping it cold by adding ice at intervals because our birds are homegrown and too big for even an extra large brining bag. If you have a smaller bird by all means brine it in a bag designed for that purpose in the fridge, it is so much easier than replacing the ice over the time period of 12 to 24 hours that the turkey is in the brine.

  5. I don't brine in the bag. That is done in the cooler. The turkey is cooked in the bag. Good point about adding the ice. I forgot to add that part to the recipe. Time to edit.

  6. Here is the best seller brining bag, not a cooking bag that is different. And you don't really need a bag to brine in but it sure is easier.
    and for the 5 gallon bucket I found this on amazon!!

  7. Looks yummy! I want to try this, thanks for the recipe. :)