Citrus Turkey Brine

Citrus Turkey Brine - Riou/Getty Images
Citrus Turkey Brine.  Riou/Getty Images

This turkey brine adds a whole orange, lemon, and limes cut up. This adds a light citrus flavor to the brine and a touch of acid that helps to carry the flavors of the brine into the meat.

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  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 onion, cut into thick slices
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 gallon of brine

Take four cups of the water and place in a large saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Add salt and sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Cut lemon, lime and orange into 1/8ths. Add remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Pour into a large pot. Add remaining water (cold) and refrigerate until completely cooled.

Place poultry and brine in a large plastic container.

Keep refrigerated. 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. For a more detailed explanation, see my article on Brining Turkey.

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