Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brine for Turkey or Chicken

1/2 gallon water (8 cups)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup salt
1 clove garlic chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-2 bay leafs
3/4 tablespoons black pepper
orange peel from one orange

You will probably need to double this recipe for a turkey.

I have often heard TV chefs talking about brining turkeys and about how wonderful and juicy it makes the turkey.  Brining basically means soaking in a salt water solution.  I've never brined a turkey before.  My hubby is not a turkey lover, my kids only like the white meat, we rarely host thanksgiving or Christmas day, so I usually just cook a large turkey breast on the rare occasion that turkey is cooked in our house.

But on a trip to Trader Joe's we found some really nice fresh organic turkey breast and since I love Turkey I decided to get some.  I thought I would try brining it and used this recipe that I adapted from a recipe that The Pioneer Woman uses.  Since it was just a breast, I prepared mine mid morning and only left it in the fridge till evening when we cooked dinner - not overnight as you would if you cooked a large turkey.

Basically, I just took all the above ingredients, combined them in a large pot, and brought them to a boil.  (Make sure to give it a stir once in a while to dissolve the salt and sugar)  I allowed it to boil for a few minutes.  Turn off the heat and let it cool.  Once cooled I put the turkey breast into a large ziplock and poured in the brine and just let it sit in the fridge till I was ready to cook it.

When ready to cook, remove from the brine and rinse under cold water, pat dry and then prepare as your normally would.  When I served the finished dinner, the first words out of Chris's mouth were "Wow, this turkey is really juicy!"

I will definitely try this again, maybe even when roasting a chicken.


clairvonyant said... Best Blogger Tips

It is not everyday you come across someone that has your same name and ACTUALLY spells it the same way too. An added bonus loves the same TV chefs/cooks as I do too. I am glad I stumbled onto your blog. Thanks for posting, Clair :D

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

funny story - my father is the one that filled out my birth certificate and he actually spelled it differently that my mother had intended. She actually wanted an "e" on the end. I grew up in England and there were a few other Clair's there but in the states I would hardly ever run in to anyone else, and never anyone who spelled it the same.

I'd love to visit your blog if you have one.

:) Clair