Turkey Brine
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    • 1 gallon water
    • 1/2 whole orange (leftover from making relish)
    • 1/2 whole lemon (leftover from making relish)
    • 1 cup kosher salt
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 head garlic, loose skin discarded, cut in half crosswise
    • 1 TB whole black peppercorns
    • 1 tsp whole fennel seeds
    • 1 bay leaf (optional)


Baking Directions:

1.  In a large stockpot, combine all ingredients.  Place over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.   Boil for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.   [A couple of trays of ice cubes can be added to speed the cooling.]   Store refrigerated until needed, up to one week.To Use:  Place the turkey in a clean plastic bag and lower into a bucket or deep bowl.  Pour the brine through a strainer into the turkey bag.  Jostle the turkey a little to allow the brine to fill the cavity.  If quantity of brine does not cover turkey, add cold water as needed until turkey is completely submerged.  Seal the bag closed.   Allow to soak, refrigerated, for 24-48 hours.

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Thanksgiving American

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