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Apple Cider Brine Baked Turkey



  • 2 ∕3 Cup kosher salt 
  • 6 Quarter size slices fresh ginger.
  • 2 Bay leaves 
  • 6 Cloves of garlic 
  • 1 T S P. black peppercorns, Crushed 
  • 2 T S P. whole allspice 
  • 8 Cups of unsweetened apple cider
  • 2 Oranges quartered


  1.  IN A 2-QUART saucepan, place salt, ginger, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns, and allspice. Add apple cider and stir to combine.
  2.  BRING TO A boil over medium-high heat, stirring until salt dissolves. Boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3.  ADD 4 CUPS ice-cold water, stir, and set aside to cool.
  4.  DOUBLE UP PLASTIC turkey bags and place them into a roasting pan. Stuff the turkey with orange quarters. Place turkey in the bags, pour over the prepared brine and add another 2 cups cold water. Close the inside bag, removing as much air as possible. Secure with a twist tie. Place turkey breast side down in the pan.
  5.  TURN 3 TO 4 times while bringing over the next 2 days. 
  6.  BEFORE BAKING, REMOVE turkey from bags; discard bags and rinse turkey in cold water.

NOTE: If you have a probe thermometer, insert it into the thickest part of the breast when you reduce the temperature. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161°F

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  • Sally Klinger

    This sounds so good…where can I find “turkey bags”? I have a 20 pound bird.
    NativePath replied:
    That’s a great question, Sally! Usually you can find them in your local grocery store with things like Reynolds Wrap and turkey pans. The box will say something like “Oven Bags—Turkey Size.” Enjoy!