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How to brine a turkey for Thanksgiving
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5 from 2 votes

How To Brine A Turkey

If you want flavorful, juicy, delicious turkey on the big day, do yourself, and all of your dinner guests a HUGE favor and brine that baby.
Prep Time2 d
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time2 d
Course: Main Dish, Thanksgiving Turkey!
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brine a turkey, turkey
Calories: 32kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 4 Tbs salt
  • 1 Quart 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 spring fresh thyme


  • Use the ratio above to make enough brine to cover your turkey. This recipe is enough for 5 pounds, so for a 15-20 lb turkey this means times the recipe by 4.
  • Put everything in a pot over high heat, bring to a boil. Boil 2-3 minutes until salt dissolves.
  • Remove from heat, let cool completely before putting turkey in brine.
  • If in a hurry, skip the boiling part, the salt will gradually dissolve in the water.


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 27955mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 58.8mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 0.9mg