Brining turkey is so easy, and makes the most tender and delicious turkey! This recipe works for a 18 – 25 lb turkey. Time is 12 – 24 hours.
The best, most tender and flavourful turkey!
This is a recipe worth sharing over and over again! Have you ever brined a turkey? Or eaten one that’s been prepared this way? Roasted turkey that has been brined is SO moist, flavourful and delicious. They are truly amazing. When it comes to turkey preparation, brining a turkey is a the top of the list for us. So don’t be afraid, it isn’t as hard as you might think.
Tips for Brining a Turkey:
- Size of Turkey: This recipe is for a 18 – 25 lb turkey. If you have a smaller bird, like half the size, just cut the recipe in half.
- Make sure your turkey is thawed. The turkey must be almost completely thawed before it goes into the salt mixture. If it’s a little little bit frosty, that is fine.
- Gravy: If you make gravy from the pan juices of a turkey that has been brined, you will likely find that it is quite salty. I just cut down the saltiness with water from the potatoes I boil for this dinner. Just taste test as you go.
- Make it Festive! Tis the season right?! To make an extra festive brine, add 1 cup of whole fresh cranberries to the mixture. It just makes it look pretty.
- What type of container to use? Place the turkey in a container large enough to hold it and all of the brine. You can use a stock pot, a cooler, a bucket – whatever, as long as it is clean. Just make sure to clean it (with bleach) after you are done!
- How long to let the turkey soak in the brine? Let your turkey soak for about 12-24 hours, in the fridge. We prefer 24 hours.
- Turn it! You should turn the turkey once during the brining process.
- Roasting Instructions: For roasting instructions, I use this recipe here.
- 28 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups coarse salt
- 6 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp whole black peppercorns
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp whole coriander seeds
- 8 garlic cloves
- 1 large onion thinly sliced
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 1 bottle dry white wine Riesling
- Rinse your turkey and remove all the innards (neck, giblets...). Pat it dry
- In a large saucepan, mix 4 cups of the water with the salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, bay leaves, and coriander.
- Bring to a boil, and stir until all the salt has dissolved. Cool.
- Place the turkey in a container large enough to hold it and all the brine. You can use a stock pot, a cooler, a bucket - whatever, as long as it is clean. Make sure to clean the container (with bleach) after you are done brining the turkey!
- Add the remaining water (24 cups), wine, garlic, onions, fresh thyme and cranberries.
- Let your turkey soak in the brine for about 12-24 hours, in the fridge. We did 24.
- You should turn the turkey once during the brining process.
- Once your turkey is done brining, remove it from the mixture and rinse.
- Now it's time to roast your turkey. Here is the recipe I use for the roasting instructions.