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Apple Brined Whole Turkey

Apple Brined Whole Turkey

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servings Makes 15 servings 15
preparation time PREP Under 15 minutes
total time TOTAL More than 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 to 18-pound) JENNIE-O® All Natural* Fresh Whole Turkey
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1¼ cups kosher salt
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 orange, cut in quarters
  • 1 apple, cut in quarters
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns

Directions

  1. NOTE: Do not brine a turkey if the turkey has been enhanced with a solution.
  2. Rinse the turkey in cool water.
  3. In clean container large enough to hold the turkey, mix water, apple cider, salt, brown sugar, orange, apple, allspice, clove, cinnamon stick, thyme, sage, bay leaves and peppercorn; stirring to dissolve salt.
  4. Submerge turkey in brine solution. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Remove the turkey from brine. Rinse thoroughly under a slow stream of cold water. Pat skin and cavities dry.
  6. Cook whole bird as specified on the package. Roast until timer pops up and turkey is fully-cooked, 180°F as measured by a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. ALWAYS confirm doneness with a meat thermometer. Juices should run clear. Let stand tented with foil 20 minutes before carving.

MADE WITH

Fresh All Natural* Young Turkey

Fresh All Natural* Young Turkey

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