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    Juniper Brine

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    24 hrs 23 mins

    24 hrs

    23 mins

    Sue Lau's Note:

    For holiday turkeys. This keeps the breast meat moist and flavorful.

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    1. 1
      Put all the ingredients in a 3-4 quart saucepan.
    2. 2
      Add 8 cups of water and stir to combine; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve.
    3. 3
      Boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
    4. 4
      Add 4 cups of ice water, stir, then set aside to cool.
    5. 5
      Have a heavy roasting pan ready and place the 2 oven cooking bags inside which should be nested in a double-layer.
    6. 6
      Open the bags wide, and roll down the tops to form a collar (helps keep the bag open).
    7. 7
      Remove the turkey from its wrapper, remove the giblets (store separately), and rinse and prepare bird.
    8. 8
      Place the turkey upright inside the bags with the legs pointing up; and pour the juniper brine over the top, and add an additional 2 cups of cold water.
    9. 9
      Draw up the inner cooking bag, squeezing out as much air as possible, and secure it closed with the twist-tie; do the same for the outer bag.
    10. 10
      Place the turkey breast side down in the roasting pan and refrigerate for 12-24 hours, turning 3-4 times while it is brining.
    11. 11
      Just prior to roasting, remove the turkey from the brine.
    12. 12
      Discard the bags, all herbs and spices, and the used brine; rinse the bird under cold water and pat dry with paper toweling.
    13. 13
      Air-dry turkey for 4-6 hours under refrigeration (before cooking), for a crispier crust when roasting.
    14. 14
      The turkey is now ready to be roasted.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 06, 2003


      We brined our Thanksgiving bird in this and it was VERY moist. Thanks, Sue.

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    • on November 02, 2009


      I love to brine turkeys periodically, not just at Thanksgiving. I've never worked with Juniper Berries before and can't wait to try them in this recipe. Great inspiraiton!

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    Nutritional Facts for Juniper Brine

    Serving Size: 1 (333 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 149.3
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 21665.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 38.2 g
    Protein 0.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh sage leaves

    fresh thyme


    juniper berries

    allspice berries


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