Brined Whole Turkey

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Brined Whole Turkey

Yield: 22

Ethnicity: American
 
Meal Type: Main Course, Entree
 
Occasion: Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Christmas
 
Preparation Method: Roast
 



Brining Procedure

  • 1 15-pound WHOLE TURKEY, (not self-basting or kosher) thawed, giblets and neck removed
  • 2 Cups table salt (do not substitute equal amounts of kosher salt)
  • 2 Gallons* icy cold water
  • 4 Cups brown sugar, ** SEE NOTE
  • 1/2 Cup dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 Cup dried thyme leaves
 
  1. Rinse turkey in cool water.
  2. In a very large clean container (non-corrosive pan or stockpot
    such as stainless steel or glass or a food-grade plastic container),
    mix salt and water together until salt dissolves. Stir in brown sugar
    and spices, mix well until sugar dissolves.
  3. Totally submerge poultry in solution and store, covered, in
    refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to 8 hours. Since brining does
    not preserve meat, the turkey must be kept below 40 degrees F
    throughout the entire brining process. Ice packs may also be used to
    keep turkey at a safe temperature of below 40 degrees F.
  4. Remove turkey from brine. Discard brine. Thoroughly rinse the
    interior and exterior of the turkey by placing it on a wire rack and
    setting both rack and turkey in a clean, empty sink. Use cool water
    from the spray hose and rub gently to release the salt and sugar from
    the turkey.
  5. Pat skin and both interior cavities dry.
  6. * NOTE: The ratio of water to salt is appropriate for a 15-pound
    turkey. If a larger or smaller turkey is brined, please calculate
    accordingly.
  7. * *NOTE: Other combinations of herbs may be added including 6-8
    bay leaves, 3 cloves garlic and 2 teaspoons black peppercorns. Or a
    spicy flavor may be achieved by the addition of 1 cup small dried red
    chile peppers.
 



Roasting Procedure

  • 1 Small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 carrot, peeled & cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 Small stalk celery, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4-6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • As needed fresh fruit for garnish
 
  1. In the cavity of turkey, place onion, carrot and celery.
  2. Brush turkey with melted butter.
  3. Roast turkey, breast side down, in a preheated 325 degree F oven
    for 2 hours. During this time, baste legs and back twice with melted
    butter.
  4. Remove turkey from oven and protecting your hands, grasp turkey
    with several layers of clean paper towels at both ends, and turn
    turkey, breast side up.
  5. Return turkey to oven and continue to roast, basting twice with
    pan dripping. Continue to roast until internal temperature reaches 170
    degrees F in the breast and 180 degrees F in the thigh. NOTE: A brined
    turkey cooks slightly faster than an unbrined turkey, so check the
    internal temperature frequently.
  6. Remove turkey from the oven and allow to stand for 20 minutes before carving.
  7. Transfer to a platter and garnish with fresh fruit.
Recipe Source: Recipe by The National Turkey Federation; www.EatTurkey.com

Nutrition Facts
Calories 380  
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 145mg
Sodium 550mg
Potassium 513mg
Total Carbohydrate 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g  
Protein 50g  
Vitamin A 20%
  • Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 4%
  • Iron 20%
    *Percent
    Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may
    be higher or lower depending on you calorie needs:

      Calories: 2000 2500
    Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
    Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate   300g 375g
    Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
    Calories per gram:
    Fat 9
  • Carbohydrate 4
  • Protein 4