This year has been full of firsts for me! Our first Friendsgiving, our first time cooking a turkey, our first time brining… well. The first time. We had a test run, then another accidental test run, and finally our real run. Let me tell you, the test runs were fun because we got to test + tweak some brining recipes we got from family.
First we start with our turkey. We got a 6lbs turkey and let it thaw in the fridge. Typical. Easy.
The night before we brined our turkey. I had no idea this was a thing, but holy cow did it make a huge difference!!!! So flavorful. This is how we did it.
You take the apple cider and boil it together with the sugar, salt, apple cider vinegar, rosemary, sage, thyme, garlic, and onion.
I had to really do my research on WHY you brine your turkey. It’s super interesting as to why. We used another recipe from xxxx, but tweaked it to make it our own.
Then you bring it down to a simmer for 5 minutes.
add 4 cups ice + cool in fridge for 1 hour.
Add turkey and brine for 5-15 hours.
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
4 cups apple cider
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 sprigs fresh thyme
20 fresh sage leaves
3/4 cup salt
1 garlic bulb, halved
1 half purple onion
4 cups ice
1 3-6lb turkey
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bring apple cider and the other ingredients (minis turkey and ice!) to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes. Add ice and cool completely in fridge for 1 hour. Add turkey. Put in fridge 5-15 hours. Roast or smoke. Enjoy!!
from our fam to yours… Happy Friendsgiving!