Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to Cook Apple Spice Brine

A brine is typically water and salt with a little sweet to give it flavor. This brine uses fruit juices for water providing flavor and sweet at the same time.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Enough for a 20 pound turkey


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 2 quarts orange juice
  • 2 cup salt (3 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg


Pour apple and orange juice into a large pot over a medium heat. Add salt, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. Simmer for 15 minutes until salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.
Place poultry in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top. Brine poultry for 1 hour per pound in the refrigerator.
Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. 

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