I started the 'brine' trick a few years ago, and can promise you this is an easy trick with juicy results! Here are 3 brine recipes that I've tried (I do big turkey breasts year-round). Standard brine time is 1 hour per pound. I go longer but that's up to you. It's harder to brine a large bird unless you have a spare fridge. A trick is to 'brine in a bag' vs. a large pot. Found these recipes on a about.com, a great website for quick answers and 'how-to's'. Love it. Brind and enjoy! - Shellie Hart
1.) Savory Turkey Brine
This turkey brine gets a portion of its salt from vegetable stock. The combination of spices and herbs will give your bird a rich flavor.
2.) 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.
3.) Holiday Poultry Brine
This poultry brine is perfect for the holiday turkey. By using stock you get extra flavor with a mild saltiness that makes for a perfect brine.
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