Apple Cider Brine Recipe

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Apple Cider Brine
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  1. In a 3-4 quart saucepan, combine cider with salt, sugar, ginger, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns, and allspice; stir to dissolve salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 3-4 minutes; remove from heat, add 4 cups of ice water and set aside to cool.
  3. Line a heavy roasting pan with turkey-sized oven cooking bags (which should be double-layered).
  4. Remove the turkey from it's wrapping, remove neck and giblets (store separately), and rinse and prepare bird.
  5. Stuff cavity with orange quarters.
  6. Make a collar of the top of cooking bags (helps keep bags open), and slip bird inside, stand it upright (legs pointing up), and unfold the top of the bag.
  7. Pour the brine over the bird, and add an additional 2 cups of water.
  8. Draw up the first inner bag, squeezing out as much air as possible, and secure with a twist-tie; do the same for the outer bag.
  9. Place the turkey, breast side down, in the roasting pan and refrigerate for 12-24 hours, turning 3-4 times while brining.
  10. Just prior to roasting, remove the turkey from the brine; discard the bags, brine, and all cured herbs, spices, and oranges remaining in the bird.
  11. Rinse the turkey under cold water and pat dry with paper toweling.
  12. Air-dry turkey under refrigeration for 4-6 hours (before cooking) for a crispier crust when roasting.
  13. The turkey is now ready to be roasted.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 12620.19 Kcal (52838 kJ)
Calories from fat 4322.63 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 480.29g 739%
Cholesterol 5744.6mg 1915%
Sodium 26650.94mg 1110%
Potassium 20768.77mg 442%
Total Carbs 344.39g 115%
Sugars 313.57g 1254%
Dietary Fiber 6.24g 25%
Protein 1760.15g 3520%
Vitamin C 162.6mg 271%
Iron 80.3mg 446%
Calcium 1178.7mg 118%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 122.59 Kcal (513 kJ)
Calories from fat 41.99 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.67g 739%
Cholesterol 55.8mg 1915%
Sodium 258.88mg 1110%
Potassium 201.74mg 442%
Total Carbs 3.35g 115%
Sugars 3.05g 1254%
Dietary Fiber 0.06g 25%
Protein 17.1g 3520%
Vitamin C 1.6mg 271%
Iron 0.8mg 446%
Calcium 11.4mg 118%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 291.6
  • 321

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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