NOTE: Do NOT brine a turkey if the turkey has been enhanced with a solution.

1 JENNIE-O® All Natural* Fresh Whole Turkey, giblets and neck removed
2 gallons ice cold water
2 cups kosher salt
¼ cup brown sugar
4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh sage
2 dried bay leaves
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns

Note: May need to double for turkey 16 lbs or more.

Step 1

Rinse the turkey in cool water.

Step 2

In a clean container large enough to hold the turkey, mix the ice cold water and remaining ingredients, stirring to dissolve salt.

Step 3

Submerge the turkey in the brine solution. If there is not enough brine to cover make additional brine. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.

Step 4

Remove the turkey from the brine. Discard brine. Do not use brine. Rinse thoroughly under a slow stream of cold water. Pat skin and cavities dry.

Step 5

Roast turkey according to package directions. See How to Cook a Turkey for directions.

Wash hands and all items that come into contact with uncooked turkey.

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