Apple Cider Brined Turkey Recipe

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Apple Cider Brined Turkey
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  • 2/3 cup kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 slices fresh ginger, quarter size
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 tsp allspice berries, crushed
  • 2 ziploc bags (recipe actually calls for 2 turkey size brining bags)
  • 1 (10 -25 lb) whole turkey (fresh


  1. In a 3-to 4-quart saucepan, put the salt, sugar, ginger, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns and allspice. Add 8 cups of apple cider or juice and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes; then remove from the heat. Add 4 cups of ice-cold water, stir and set aside to cool.
  2. Have ready a heavy roasting pan large enough to hold the turkey. Place one of the bring bags inside the second one to create a double thickness; then place these bags, open wide, in the roasting pan.
  3. Remove the turkey from its wrapping. Remove the neck and bag of giblets from the main and neck cavities of the bird. Store separately in the refrigerator for making gravy. Stuff the main cavity of the bird with the orange quarters.
  4. Fold back the top third of the bags, making a collar. Place the turkey inside the double-thick bags, stand it upright, unfold the top of the bag, and pour the Apple Cider Brine over the bird. Add an additional 2 cups of cold water. Draw up the top of the inner bag, squeezing out as much air as possible; then secure it closed with a twist tie.
  5. Do the same for the outer bag. Place the turkey, breast-side down, in the roasting pan and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. Turn the turkey 3 or 4 times while it is brining.
  6. Just prior to roasting, remove the turkey from the brine. Discard the bags, brine, and any cured herbs or spices remaining on the bird. Discard the oranges and ginger. Rinse the turkey under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. The turkey is now ready to be roasted according to your own favorite recipe.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 200.09 Kcal (838 kJ)
Calories from fat 27.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 32.86mg 11%
Sodium 1765.78mg 74%
Potassium 380.81mg 8%
Total Carbs 34.18g 11%
Sugars 31.09g 124%
Dietary Fiber 0.56g 2%
Protein 10.27g 21%
Vitamin C 15.9mg 26%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Calcium 35mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 72.86 Kcal (305 kJ)
Calories from fat 9.83 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.09g 5%
Cholesterol 11.97mg 11%
Sodium 643.02mg 74%
Potassium 138.67mg 8%
Total Carbs 12.45g 11%
Sugars 11.32g 124%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 2%
Protein 3.74g 21%
Vitamin C 5.8mg 26%
Iron 0.2mg 3%
Calcium 12.8mg 4%

* 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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Weightwatchers Points

  • 4.1
  • 5

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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