When preparing a turkey, whether for Thanksgiving or otherwise, finding ways to keep it moist and flavorful is the key to your success. After all, few things are more disappointing than a dry turkey during mealtime. Fortunately, brining is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do.
Brining is the process of soaking a turkey in a salty solution overnight, and it provides the bird with additional flavor while helping to break down the muscle proteins. Not only does this help your turkey maintain moisture, while it cooks, but it also results in much more tender and flavorful meat. Best of all, you don’t even need to stick with the classic salt and water turkey brining recipe. There are several brine ingredients to try, all of which give the bird an extra punch of flavor once it’s finished. The next time the mood or holiday calls for a delicious feast, give your traditional Thanksgiving turkey an upgrade with our specialized apple cider turkey brine recipe. This recipe is packed with flavor and adds a kick of sweetness, which is the perfect complement to a savory blend of spices and herbs.
Here’s what you’ll need:
16 oz. Spiced Apple Cider Concentrate
1 Gallon of water
1.5 Cup Kosher salt
2 oranges zested and sliced
6 cloves of garlic crushed
1 small bunch fresh rosemary
1 small bunch fresh thyme
1 small bunch fresh sage
4 bay leaves
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
In a large stock pot combine all ingredients and heat until salt is dissolved
Allow to cool and place the turkey in the pot, or use a brining bag.
Brine for 24 hour, occasionally rotating the turkey.
Once you have all the ingredients, combine them in a large stock pot and heat until the salt is dissolved. Then, allow the mixture to cool and place the turkey in the pot or use a brining bag if you can’t spare the extra kitchenware. After that, you simply let the bird sit and brine. You’ll want to brine for 24 hours, occasionally rotating the turkey to ensure every side gets equal exposure to the liquid. This is the best way to ensure you achieve peak flavor and moisture before you place it in the oven to cook.
Our taste testers rave about this apple cider turkey brine recipe, and we’re so excited to provide it to our customers as a resource. No matter when you get the craving for fall flavors, this brine will ensure that you get it in spades.
For more tasty recipes to explore, aside from this delicious apple cider turkey brine recipe, check out our recipe collection pages on our website. There are hundreds of ways to enjoy cider in your everyday life, and we want our customers to have options when they’re craving this taste.