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Original Turkey Brine

Original Turkey Brine

This turkey brine gets a portion of its salt from chicken stock. The combination of spices and herbs will give your turkey a rich flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Salt 3/4 cup if using Kosher or coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Dried Sage
  • 1 tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 quarts Cold Water
  • 2 quarts Chicken Stock


  • In a large pot combine chicken stock, salt, sugar, and herbs over a medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.
  • Place turkey in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top, cover and refrigerate. Brine for 1 hour per pound.
  • Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey.