Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine
Brining a turkey seemed to me like a lot of time and unnecessary ingredients. What’s wrong with normal turkey? We either raise or buy our turkeys locally. I like the flavor of a pastured, fresh, home-grown turkey. Turns out there’s nothing wrong with plain turkey at all but it really can be even better. I love apple spice turkey brine. It’s sweet and savory, adds a bit of salt to the flavor, and truly does make an already great turkey taste delicious.
You can make this brine inexpensively. Buy the least expensive 100% apple juice available. You probably already have Kosher salt, dark brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg in your pantry.
Clean out the refrigerator before you get started. You’re going to need the space while the turkey soaks in the brine. Allow one hour for each pound of turkey for a whole turkey, leg and thigh quarters and breast.
This brine works well with a roasting chicken as well as a pork roast. Keep the one hour per pound timing.