Brining is the secret to succulent, flavorful poultry that will leave your guests raving. This Simple Turkey Brine recipe uses blend of broth, salt, sugar, and aromatic spices and herbs and produces a turkey that is juicy, flavorful, and tender.
Let’s get started!
01 Plan Ahead
02 Keep the Turkey Cold
03 Use the Correct Container
04 Experiment with Flavors
05 Monitor Salt Levels
06 Rest Before Cooking
Start your brining process at least 24 hours before you intend to cook the turkey to ensure it has enough time to absorb the flavors.
Always refrigerate the turkey while it's in the brine to prevent bacterial growth. You can also use ice packs to maintain a safe temperature.
Choose a food-safe container, such as a large stockpot, food-grade plastic container, or brining bag, that’s large enough to fully submerge the turkey.
Customize your brine with herbs, spices, citrus, and sweeteners like brown sugar or honey for a unique taste.
For a basic brine, use 1 cup of kosher salt for every gallon of water. This ratio helps flavor and moisten the turkey.
Allow the turkey to air-dry in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. This helps to create a crispier skin when roasting.