Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry turkey brine ingredients
Claire Cohen
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 12-14 cups (12 servings)
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What better way to brine a turkey than with cranberries? This turkey brine is perfect for a traditional dinner. The slight acid of this brine really helps carry flavor into the meat.

What You'll Need

  • 2 quarts/1.9 liters cranberry juice
  • 1 quart/950 mL water
  • 1 cup salt/240 mL (1 1/2 cups/360 mL Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL apple juice
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL orange juice
  • 12 cloves garlic (unpeeled and lightly smashed)
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 to 8 bay leaves

How to Make It

  1. Combine ingredients and place in a large pot. Add turkey to pot, making sure that brine covers turkey. If not, add more water to the mixture. Brine for 1 hour per pound.
  2. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey, inside and out, before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey.