Monday, November 21, 2011

To Brine or Not to Brine? That is the Question.

Yesterday, while I was at the Whole Foods Market checkout I and saw a display of Turkey Brine Mix for $9.00!!?? I was shocked!! People actually PAY for a Turkey Brine MIX???!!! Brine mixes are SO INCREDIBLY EASY to make, please don't spend your hard earned money buying one.

What is a Brine?

A brine is a marinade comprised mostly of sugar, salt and water that you marinate your raw turkey in to seal in the flavors and to keep it from drying out while being cooked. Brined turkey's taste better and are more moist then non brined turkeys.

Here is how to make a brined tukey:

1 gallon of ice water
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of orange juice( or 4 cut oranges)
1/2 cup of lemon or apple juice
10-15 whole peppercorns
4 bay leaves
2 sprigs of rosemary
4 sage leaves

1. Add all ingredients into a stock pot.
2. Add raw and thawed turkey.
3. Refrigerate overnight, or up to 3 days.
4. Remove turkey from brine and pat dry.
5. Roast turkey to perfection.

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