Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry Turkey Brine is the perfect brine if you are looking for a nice juicy turkey. As we all know Turkey is a bird that has little fat, particularly the breast meat. And we all know fat keeps the meat from becoming dry and tough. If you want to avoid a dry bird for thanksgiving then you might need a little help.

This is where brining comes in. At its simplest form a brine is a basic solution of water and salt. By giving a turkey a nice soak in this solution, you can actually add a bit more moisture and flavor into the bird before it’s ready to roast.

Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry Turkey Brine is the perfect brine if you are looking for a nice juicy turkey. As we all know Turkey is a bird that has little fat, particularly the breast meat.
Total Time 12 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 quarts/1.9 liters cranberry juice
  • 1 cup salt or 1 1/2 cups/360 ml Kosher or coarse salt
  • 1 cup/120 ml apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 10 cloves garlic unpeeled and lightly smashed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried Oregano

Instructions
 

  • In a stockpot over medium heat, simmer cranberry juice, apple juice, orange juice and the dry ingredients until the salt dissolve, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Submerge the turkey in the brine, top with a plate, and put a large can or a few cans on the plate to hold the turkey under the brine.
  • Refrigerate the turkey in the brine for 12 to 24 hours.
  • Before roasting, remove the turkey from the brine, rinse it off under cold water so it’s not too salty, and pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Follow your favorite recipe and roast without using additional salt.

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Keyword brine, turkey