How long should you brine turkey?

Pop the turkey into the fridge and let it brine for at least 8 hours (and up to 18 hours). Just don’t leave the turkey in the brine for longer than recommended—over-brining can render the bird too salty and turn the texture spongy.

How do you make turkey brine from scratch?

Directions
  1. Combine 2 gallons cold water with the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, rosemary and orange peels in a large pot.
  2. Allow to cool completely, then place into the fridge to chill.
  3. When ready to roast the turkey, remove from the brine.
  4. Discard the brine.

Is brining a turkey worth it?

Brining a turkey adds moisture and flavor, particularly when you use a flavorful brine. But perhaps the biggest pro of brining the turkey is doing away with that dry bird that so many are used to. The salt in the brine changes the muscle tissue of the turkey so that it can absorb more water and therefore more flavor.

What is the formula for brine?

Brine
PubChem CID57417360
Molecular FormulaClH2NaO
SynonymsBrine NaCl water HCl NaOH sodium chloride water water sodium chloride More
Molecular Weight76.46
Component CompoundsCID 962 (Water) CID 5360545 (Sodium) CID 313 (Hydrochloric acid)

Why do you put sugar in a brine?

Brining promotes a change in the structure of the proteins in the muscle. The salt causes protein strands to become denatured, or unwound. In most cases, we add sugar to the brine. Sugar has little if any effect on the texture of the meat, but it does add flavor and promotes better browning of the skin.

Do you have to refrigerate a turkey while brining?

Don’t leave the turkey sitting out at room temperature while brining. The amount of time will depend on the type of brine you use; however, do not brine any longer than two days and always keep the turkey and brine refrigerated (at 40°F or less). Remove turkey from brine after the recommended time.

Do you rinse a turkey after brining?

Resist any temptation to rinse the turkey after brining. There will be no trace of salt on the surface and rinsing would only make the skin less prone to browning.

What is the best container to brine a turkey in?

To brine a turkey, you will first need a large, nonreactive container; this can be plastic, glass, or stainless steel. Other metal containers will react with the brine solution and give the turkey a metallic flavor. One trick is to use a large, food-safe sealable bag.

Can you brine a turkey in a Ziploc bag?

Steps to Brining a Turkey

On the night before you plan to roast your turkey, place your thawed and cleaned out turkey into the large Ziploc Bag or brining bag. Pour cold water in to cover the turkey completely in liquid–this is about 1 gallon of cold water. Seal the brining bag securely. Refrigerate overnight.