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How to Brine and Twine

How to Brine and Twine
Brine and twine, they don't just rhymethey go together like salt & pepper, Heckle & Jeckle, or Thanksgiving and being full. Not to mention they are easily two of the most important steps you can take to ensure turkey success.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Yield: Makes enough brine for one turkey


  • 1/2 gallon apple juice
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 Tablespoons each dried sage and rosemary
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and cut in quarters


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes partly covered.
  2. Allow brine to cool completely.
  3. Put rinsed turkey (without the bag of giblets, etc.) into a brining bag or non-reactive pot and add the cooled brine.
  4. Seal bag or cover pot and refrigerate 8-10 hours or up to 24 hours.
  5. Remove turkey, rinse, pat dry and roast.

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