Savory Turkey Brine
This turkey brine gets a portion of its salt from vegetable stock. The combination of spices and herbs will give your turkey a rich flavor.
- Serves: 16 persons
- 2quarts vegetable stock
- ½cup salt (or 3/4 cup kosher salt)
- ½cup white sugar
- 1tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1tablespoon dried sage
- 1tablespoon dried thyme
- 2quarts cold water
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Combine the vegetable stock, salt, sugar, rosemary, sage, and thyme in a large pot over medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt is completely dissolved.
Step 3Remove the pot from the from heat and allow the mixture to cool to cool for 30 minutes or more. Add the cold water.
Step 4Place the turkey in a large plastic container. Pour the cold brine over the top. Cover the container and refrigerate. Brine the turkey for 1 hour per pound.
Step 5Rinse all the brine from the turkey thoroughly before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. Discard any remaining brine and thoroughly clean the container.
Step 6Pat the turkey dry with paper towels, making sure to get inside the cavity. Apply turkey rub (if using), cook as directed, and serve.