Juniper berry turkey brine

November 21, 2015

This will be good for a 10-15 lb turkey 


2 cups sea salt 

2/3 cup sugar

6 whole cloves

1 Tablespoon juniper berries, crushed 

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed 

2 teaspoons whole allspice berries, crushed 

8 fresh sage leaves

8 sprigs fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

8 cups hot water

4 cups ice water

In a large saucepan, stir together the salt, sugar, cloves, juniper berries, peppercorns, and allspice. Add the sage leaves, thyme, and bay leaves along with the hot water. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Add the ice water and stir to cool the mixture. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
Coat turkey with brine in fridge for 12 hours

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