Brining a Turkey Recipe

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  1. Combine 1 cup of kosher salt, 1 cup of light brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of whole black peppercorns.
  2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey and rinse the bird thoroughly.
  3. Pour 1 gallon of water into your soaking container. Add salt mixture and stir into water until dissolved.
  4. Place turkey, breast side down into water. Add a bag of ice and additional water to cover bird.
  5. If you are using a cooler, simply close the top. Otherwise, place your container in the refrigerator.
  6. Soak the turkey 12 hours.
  7. Prior to roasting, remove the turkey from the brine. Rinse it under cold water to remove all traces of salt, inside and out.
  8. Pat the turkey dry. Proceed with your favorite way of roasting your turkey.
  9. For a Crisp Skin:
  10. The night before roasting, remove the turkey from the brine and rinse thoroughly inside and out. Pat dry.
  11. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack over a baking sheet. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 8 to 24 hours.
  12. Allowing the turkey to sit uncovered in the refrigerator overnight before roasting produces a bird with a crackling, crisp, brown skin.
  13. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and brush the skin with oil or butter before roasting.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1422.06 Kcal (5954 kJ)
Calories from fat 570.48 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 63.39g 98%
Cholesterol 50.92mg 17%
Sodium 26719.15mg 1113%
Potassium 475.49mg 10%
Total Carbs 219.76g 73%
Sugars 215.48g 862%
Protein 1.04g 2%
Vitamin C 1mg 2%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Calcium 584mg 58%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 34.12 Kcal (143 kJ)
Calories from fat 13.69 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.52g 98%
Cholesterol 1.22mg 17%
Sodium 641.06mg 1113%
Potassium 11.41mg 10%
Total Carbs 5.27g 73%
Sugars 5.17g 862%
Protein 0.02g 2%
Iron 0.1mg 12%
Calcium 14mg 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 33.7
  • 40

Good Points

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

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar

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