Holiday Poultry Brine

Holiday Poultry Brine
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: makes 2 1/4 gallons

This poultry brine adds that great seasonal flavor with candied ginger and allspice. Try it on your next holiday turkey.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) salt (2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 gallon (3.8 L) vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) allspice berries
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) candied ginger
  • 1 gallon (3.8 L) ice water

How to Make It

1. Pour vegetable stock into a large pot over a high heat. Add salt, brown sugar, and spices. Bring to a light boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour in ice water and stir to combine.

2. Place turkey in a large plastic container (at least 4 gallons). Pour brine over top. Refrigerate and brine for 1 hour per pound.

3. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey.

Read more details on brining a turkey.