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Brined Turkey

Brined Turkey

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Cook Minutes 11 Hr 20 Min
Prep : 20 Min Cook: 11 Hr
Brining a holiday turkey sounds tricky, but it doesn't have to be. Just follow the 3 simple steps in our Brined Turkey recipe and you can see for yourself!
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22 Servings
Original recipe yields 22 Servings
This tool adjusts ingredient amounts only, not method or nutrition information. Additional changes to equipment, baking times, etc. may be needed for recipe success.
10 L water, divided
1 cup sugar
1 cup salt, kosher or table salt without iodine
1 Tbsp. coarse ground black pepper
1 frozen whole turkey (14 lb./6.4 kg), thawed
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Step 1
Cook 1 L water, sugar, salt, vinegar and pepper in saucepan on medium heat 10 min. or until sugar and salt are dissolved, stirring occasionally. Pour into plastic container large enough to hold brining liquid and turkey. Add remaining water. Cool completely.
Step 2
Remove and discard neck and giblets from turkey cavities.
Step 3
Add turkey to brining liquid; cover. Refrigerate at least 10 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove turkey from liquid; rinse well with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Cook as desired.
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Important Notes
When choosing the container used to brine the turkey, be sure to select one that will fit in your refrigerator. The turkey needs to be completely submerged in the brining liquid. If turkey is not covered, prepare enough additional brining liquid to completely cover turkey. Another brining method is to brine the turkey in an oven-roasting bag or large brining bag. Place turkey and brining liquid in bag; close bag tightly. Place in 16-qt. stockpot or container. Brine in refrigerator, occasionally turning bag to ensure even brining.
Food Facts
Turkey neck and giblets can be used to make soup stock or gravy. If unable to use within a few days, freeze until ready to use.
How to Thaw Frozen Turkey
Place frozen turkey, breast-side up, in its unopened wrapper on tray in refrigerator. Allow 5 hours per pound/450 g to completely thaw the turkey. Never thaw frozen meat on the countertop at room temperature.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value
Fat 11 g
Saturated fat 3 g
15 %
Cholesterol 155 mg
Sodium 390 mg
16 %
Carbohydrate 1 g
Fibre 0 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 41 g
Vitamin A
0 %
Vitamin C
0 %
0 %
10 %
Makes 22 servings, 1/22 recipe (115 g) each.
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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