Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to Cook Poultry Brine

This poultry brine works with the added power of pickling spices which increases the moisture in poultry with some great seasonings for more flavor.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1 gallon of brine


  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon


Dissolve salt and brown sugar in water in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Allow to cool. Add vinegar and spices. 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. 

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