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Cranberry Turkey Brine

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Cranberry Turkey Brine
What better way to brine a turkey than with cranberries? This turkey brine is perfect for a traditional turkey dinner. The slight acid of this brine really helps carry flavor into the meat.

Prep Time: 13 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes


  • 2 quarts cranberry juice
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 12 cloves garlic, unpeeled and lightly smashed
  • 4 springs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6-8 bay leaves


Combine ingredients and place in a large pot. Add turkey to pot, making sure that brine covers turkey. If not, add more water to mixture. Brine for 1 hour per pound.

Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey, inside and out, before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. For a more detailed explanation, see my article on brining turkey.

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 5 out of 5
searched hours to find this, Member sanfaye

I made this years ago and just plain forgot about it until a recent conversation struck a memory chord. I really do not like turkey but this recipe satisfies turkey lovers and non alike. My nephew went on and on about how good it was and begged for leftovers!

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