1 12-14 lb turkey, thawed and at room temperature (Not a Kosher or prebrined turkey)
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 gallon water
6 cups of ice
1 turkey bag
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup diced onions
3 Tbsp Rosemary and Garlic seasoning
1 tsp old bay seasoning
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp course ground black pepper
1 cup apple cider vinegar
Ingredients in my Brine
In a large pot, bring to boil the 1 gallon of water. Once the water has a rolling boil, stir in the sugar and salt. Once dissolved turn off the stove and add in all ingredients EXCEPT the turkey bag and the ice. Stir to incorporate all ingredients. Once all other ingredients are incorporated add the ice and stir until dissolved. This will help bring the mixture to room temperature, so that you can start brining your Turkey. In a large 5 gallon bucket. (One I had on hand from Food Storage). I lined with the turkey bag pulling sides up and over the outside of the bucket. Then pored the brine mixture in the bag. Made sure it was room temperature.
Turkey Brine in the Turkey bag inside the 5 Gallon Bucket
Then placed the prepared bird in the brining mixture. Making sure it was completely covered.
Turkey Brining in the Turkey Bag in the Garage
Closed the bag over the turkey and placed in the garage. (We have below freezing temperatures today and tomorrow,) so I am using my garage as the refrigerator today. My refrigerator does not have enough room for the bucket. The other option if you do not use the bucket is to place the bird in the bag with the brine and keep it in your meat drawer turning the bird over half way through the brining process. To ensure even brining. Brine for 12 hours to 3 days, depending on your time and preference.
Once you are ready to cook the bird, remove from brine. Throw away brine (pour down the sink or toilet). Pat turkey dry and then either cover with seasoned butter or canola oil, for a nice brown crisp skin. :) Cook per package directions. Enjoy!
I am hoping this turns out yummy. It sounds good. I will let you know how it goes tomorrow. I am looking forward to a delicious turkey dinner. :)