Turkey Brined

Basic Turkey Brining

Soak a tea or flour-sack towel in melted butter and place over it while it roasts. This is further guarantee that the breast will remain juicy and flavorful.

Holiday

Total time: Cooking time will depend on the bird’s size

Materials Needed

  • One stockpot large enough to hold entire turkey
  • Long-handled spoon

Brining Instructions

Mix one cup of Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt to one gallon of cold water (number of gallons will depend on size of stock pot).  Stir with long-handled spoon until all salt is dissolved.  Remove neck and giblets from cavity of turkey, but leave “leg lock” on. Place the turkey in the pot and cover top of the pot with a lid, towel or plastic wrap. Place entire pot in refrigerator (you may need to remove a shelf to accommodate the size of pot). There is no need to stir the brine or shift the turkey unless all parts of the turkey are not covered by the brine. If this is the case, turn the turkey every few hours to make sure each part is submerged at some point. Leave turkey in refrigerator overnight, which is called “brining.”

INGREDIENTS
  • One fresh Honeysuckle White turkey (not pre-basted)

         * Size of bird depends on number of people eating.  Consider using one pound of turkey per person.

  • Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt
  • Water
DIRECTIONS

Roasting

Pre-heat over to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove turkey from brining pot and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a shallow roasting pan breast-side up. Cooking time will depend on the bird’s size and if it is stuffed, so will range from 13 to 25 minutes per pound. Check the turkey’s package recommendations for proper cooking time. Use a meat thermometer to test if turkey is done roasting. Proper temperature of the bird should be 185 degrees in the thigh and 170 degrees in the breast.


Added Touches

Soak a tea or flour-sack towel in melted butter and place over the breast while it roasts. This is further guarantee that the breast will remain juicy and flavorful.


Purchasing Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt

If stores in your area don’t sell Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt, don’t worry! Just call 1-800-428-4244 or visit www.diamondcrystalsaltstore.com and you can have a box shipped directly to your home.

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