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Use either kosher salt or table salt without iodine when preparing the brining liquid. 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.
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.
Place frozen turkey, breast-side up, in its unopened wrapper on tray in refrigerator. Allow 5 hours per pound to completely thaw the turkey. Never thaw frozen meat on the countertop at room temperature.
* 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.
I have used this brine recipe for my turkey for several years now. It always comes out so soft, moist and tender - DELICIOUS!
I always use this recipe now and everyone asks me for the secret. My secret - check kraft foods!
Thank you to whomever came up with this - it is genius and my turkey is YUMMY!
I did this last year, for my very first turkey, and it turned out to be absolutely amazing! Highly recommended! I did it in my 10 gal stainless-steel brew kettle for about a 20 lbs turkey for 24 hours.
I also recommend cooking about half the time upside-down (sounds weird, I know, but trust me). After 1/2 time, lol, flip it over, and stab a bunch of pineapple chunks with toothpicks to cover the top. It will be a wonderful, juicy turkey, I promise.
EVERYONE loved the turkey at Thanksgiving, even the turkey hater! I've now been named the official Thanksgiving Turkey Maker... I think that's a good thing... :)