Best Apple Cider Brined Turkey Recipe

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  1. In a large saucepan, combine cider, vinegar, salt, and sugar; stir to dissolve salt and sugar.
  2. Bring to a low boil over medium heat; Add in peppercorns, sage, garlic, thyme and shallots.
  3. On low heat simmer for 5 minutes; remove from heat, add ice to brine mixture and set aside to cool.
  4. Remove the turkey from the wrapping, remove neck and giblets (set aside for giblet gravy), rinse and prepare bird by patting down with paper towels.
  5. 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.
  6. Once the brine is cooled to room temperature or less, pour the cooled brine over the bird, and add an additional cold water until bird is submerged in liquid.
  7. Squeeze out as much air as possible and secure with a twist-tie.
  8. Place the turkey, breast side down, in a roasting pan and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning over every 6-8 hours.
  9. 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.
  10. Rinse the turkey under cold water and pat dry with paper toweling.
  11. The turkey is now ready to be roasted. See cooking times for Brined turkey as it will be less than typical cooking time.
  12. Before cooking the bird, I typically use a rub with olive oil or melted butter/margarine. I quarter an apple and stuff inside the cavity for cooking, tenting the bird until the last hour. This will be the BEST roasted turkey you’ve had, hands down! I even prefer this over deep fried turkey as it is about as moist and has much more flavor to it. I compliment this turkey by serving giblet gravy, sautéed herbed mushrooms and Apple Wine Stuffing.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1573.94 Kcal (6590 kJ)
Calories from fat 547.68 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60.85g 94%
Cholesterol 720.94mg 240%
Sodium 2856.61mg 119%
Potassium 2618.58mg 56%
Total Carbs 37.29g 12%
Sugars 31.38g 126%
Dietary Fiber 1.01g 4%
Protein 221.16g 442%
Vitamin C 4.9mg 8%
Iron 10.4mg 58%
Calcium 150.7mg 15%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 112.03 Kcal (469 kJ)
Calories from fat 38.98 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.33g 94%
Cholesterol 51.32mg 240%
Sodium 203.33mg 119%
Potassium 186.39mg 56%
Total Carbs 2.65g 12%
Sugars 2.23g 126%
Dietary Fiber 0.07g 4%
Protein 15.74g 442%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 8%
Iron 0.7mg 58%
Calcium 10.7mg 15%

* 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

  • 36.3
  • 40

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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