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Apple Spice Brine

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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 2 quarts orange juice
  • 2 cups salt 3 cups if using kosher or coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg


  • Pour apple and orange juice into a large pot over a medium heat. Add salt, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. Simmer for 15 minutes until salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.
  • Place poultry in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top. Brine poultry for 1 hour per pound in the refrigerator.
  • Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey.