Original Turkey Brine

Original Turkey Brine

This turkey brine gets a portion of its salt from vegetable stock. The combination of spices and herbs will give your turkey a rich flavor.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1 gallon of brine


· 2 quarts vegetable stock

· 1/2 cup salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)

· 1/2 cup white sugar

· 1 tablespoon dried rosemary

· 1 tablespoon dried sage

· 1 tablespoon dried thyme

· 2 quarts cold water


In a large pot combine vegetable stock, salt, sugar, and herbs over a medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.

Place turkey in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top, cover and refrigerate. Brine for 1 hour per pound.

Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey.