the best poultry brine

the best poultry brine

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Inspired by, Thomas Keller

Serves: 1 large turkey
Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook time: 10 Chilling: 4 hours
Skill Level: Easy
Cooking Method: Stove, Refrigerate


  • 8 lemons, halved
  • 12 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 head garlic, halved through theequator
  • 1/4 cup black peppercorns
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 gallons water


Mix all of the brine ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and let cool, then pour into a container large enough to hold both the brine and the turkey and cool in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

grandpa’s thoughts:

This method for brining and roasting can be applied to other poultry and game birds. For smaller poultry you can cut the recipe in half and shorten the brining time.


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