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Old 11-19-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Do you brine your turkey?

If so, could you share your recipe, and any tips.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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No but if you want to brine everyone raves about Alton Brown's recipe. Go to foodnetwork.com and click on Alton Brown and he'll have it for you.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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I use the Alton Brown Method. It makes a moist, flavorful bird. Just make sure you rinse it well if you are planning on making gravy from the drippings, otherwise the gravy is too salty.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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If so, could you share your recipe, and any tips.
Yes. I used Alton Brown's recipe years and years. Then last year I tried Emeril's beer brine recipe.

Emeril's was far, far superior to Alton's.

I double the recipe because we usually cook a 20+lb turkey:

Emeril's Beer-Brined Turkey

Ingredients
2 quarts apple cider
2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
2 cups kosher salt
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1 tablespoon juniper berries
4 bay leaves
1 cinnamon sticks (3-inch)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
4 quarts dark beer
1 turkey (8- to 10-pound)

Cooking Directions
Combine the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, juniper berries, bay leaves, cinnamon, and cloves in a large pot or bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.

Combine the mixture with the beer in a 40-quart cooler, or large plastic container. Place the turkey in the brine and, if necessary, weigh down with heavy dinner plates to completely submerge. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 24 hours.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #5
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Yes. I used Alton Brown's recipe years and years. Then last year I tried Emeril's beer brine recipe.

Emeril's was far, far superior to Alton's.

I double the recipe because we usually cook a 20+lb turkey:

Emeril's Beer-Brined Turkey

Ingredients
2 quarts apple cider
2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
2 cups kosher salt
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1 tablespoon juniper berries
4 bay leaves
1 cinnamon sticks (3-inch)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
4 quarts dark beer
1 turkey (8- to 10-pound)

Cooking Directions
Combine the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, juniper berries, bay leaves, cinnamon, and cloves in a large pot or bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.

Combine the mixture with the beer in a 40-quart cooler, or large plastic container. Place the turkey in the brine and, if necessary, weigh down with heavy dinner plates to completely submerge. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 24 hours.
I think I am going to try this this year!
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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Has anyone just done a simple salt, sugar, water brine? I've never brined but I don't want to use all the ingredients, so I'm thinking of just something that simple.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #7
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I am using the brine kit from Bed Bath and Beyond (cheaper than WS and the WS one had a lot of fruity/sweet components) They had two kinds so we're doing the Herb for Thanksgiving and the apple/sage for Christmas. I've never brined before so I'm interested in the results.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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Has anyone just done a simple salt, sugar, water brine? I've never brined but I don't want to use all the ingredients, so I'm thinking of just something that simple.
Have used the linked "simple" brine for several years for our rotissierre turkey with great success. It doesn't include sugar and I substitute Kosher salt for sea salt, nor do I use the drippings for gravy, so can't vouch for that. (I do a "make ahead gravy" from the wings before brining.)

I'm always tempted to try the Alton Brown or Emeril recipe, but don't usually keep allspice berries, candied ginger or juniper berries on hand.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-...e7=Home%20Page
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:17 PM   #9
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Some say you cannot brine a turkey if it is a frozen turkey and that you should always use a FRESH turkey. Do all of you just use a fresh, not frozen, bird?
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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Yes. I used Alton Brown's recipe years and years. Then last year I tried Emeril's beer brine recipe.

Emeril's was far, far superior to Alton's.

I double the recipe because we usually cook a 20+lb turkey:

Emeril's Beer-Brined Turkey

Ingredients
2 quarts apple cider
2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
2 cups kosher salt
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1 tablespoon juniper berries
4 bay leaves
1 cinnamon sticks (3-inch)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
4 quarts dark beer
1 turkey (8- to 10-pound)

Cooking Directions
Combine the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, juniper berries, bay leaves, cinnamon, and cloves in a large pot or bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.

Combine the mixture with the beer in a 40-quart cooler, or large plastic container. Place the turkey in the brine and, if necessary, weigh down with heavy dinner plates to completely submerge. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 24 hours.
I would have a tough time wasting 4 quarts of beer
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:34 PM   #11
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Patsy here is a few recipes from food network cooks. I have not tried any of them so not sure how easy they are or how they taste.


http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/e...ipe/index.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/a...pe2/index.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/s...ipe/index.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/r...ipe/index.html
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:55 PM   #12
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Thank you everyone for the recipes, and suggestions. Hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:19 PM   #13
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ITA about the Alton Brown recipe. It's awesome!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:44 PM   #14
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I use the brine from Williams & Sonoma. It's amazing!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:49 PM   #15
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nope dont bring mine, my sister makes it at her house , she would be mad if everyone brang there own turkey
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