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Savory Turkey Brine

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Savory Turkey Brine
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This savory turkey brine gets some of its salt from vegetable stock. Remember this if you are doing a standard brine calculation. You get a rich flavor with this poultry brine that has that perfect combination of the herbs that go so perfectly with turkey.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1 gallon of brine


  • 2 quarts vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 quarts cold water


In a large pot combine vegetable stock, salt, sugar, and herbs over a medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.

Place turkey in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top, cover and refrigerate. Brine for 1 hour per pound.

Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey 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
Herbal Brining, Member Stars1983

This brine is fantastic. The only thing I did a bit different was after the brine process. After I rinsed the turkey, after the brine, I coated the turkey in a lemon herb juice blend made from fresh squeezed lemons, coarsely chopped sage, thyme and rosemary, fresh ground pepper and a little kosher salt. All combined in a large mixing bowl, roll the turkey around so that all sides are coated with the mixture. Then stuff your turkey with the lemon halfs that you got the juice from, unpeeled garlic cloves and sweet onion to capacity. Drizzle the turkey with a little olive oil and roast. It will come out golden brown with a very rich lemon and herbal taste... I got tons of compliments and recipe requests with my bird!

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