Poultry Brine

Poultry Brine
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    25 mins

This high-powered poultry brine is loaded with flavor. One trick to enhancing the taste of this brine is by adding vinegar and spices to the mixture a few days before using. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

What You'll Need

  • 1 gallon (3.8) liters water
  • 1 cup (240) mL salt (1 1/2 cups/360 mL Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) pickling spice
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) allspice
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) tarragon

How to Make It

1. Dissolve salt and brown sugar in water in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Allow to cool.

2. Add vinegar and spices. Brine for 1 hour per pound of poultry.

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