The day is upon us when it is time to pick up that farm-raised turkey or stop by the local grocery market and grab that bird for dinner on Thursday Thanksgiving Celebration. In this post, I share tips on how to brine a Thanksgiving Turkey.
Let’s Talk Turkey Brine
It really is simple to put together for that special bird. The brine will make your poultry juicy with a little day before preparation. Some people add more herbs to their mix but I like to do that when I roast the poultry after the brining process. Below is a simple brine recipe you can print and use in your kitchen cookbook.
Be sure to check out my roasting turkey recipe.
Turkey Brine Notes
Below are photos of the clean 20-pound turkey being submerged in the brine recipe featured on this post. When picking the right container for this process before to look for a food-grade approved bucket. This should have FDA approval like on a 5-gallon bucket in these photos. My brother purchased this bucket at Lowes for $5. I also found approved buckets on Amazon.
If you use the food grade bucket I still recommend using the turkey brine bag mentioned in the recipe above. I like the bag because it is an easy cleanup. I ordered a brine bag and spice kit on amazon so I could put the turkey in my refrigerator. After ordering I saw the same bag and spices at the local grocery store. The bag was super easy to use even for a 22-pound turkey. The task was finding refrigerator space for 24 hours.
I can’t wait to get my turkey going – how about you? Are you going to try brine method for your turkey this year? I’d love to hear from you so be sure to comment on this post. Your feedback means the world to me so be sure to click over to my contact page and tell me how you really feel.
Happy Turkey Day,