Whether at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or throughout the year this Cooler Turkey Brine is a great way to get moisture and flavor into your turkey. Make sure you start with a clean cooler before you start the brining process.
The cooler provides a number of advantages. It is a large enough sized vessel to hold a whole turkey. It also helps to keep the turkey cold when there may be limited access or space in the refrigerator. You can even use this method at home when you run out of refrigerator space during the holidays.
Brines can vary in their salt content which changes the texture of the meat. This is a mild version, which provides moist meat but doesn’t cause a rubberiness. The simple flavors are traditional and subtle for a rich flavor that doesn’t overpower the turkey.
Cooler Turkey Brine Recipe
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons garlic granules
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 2 cups boiling water
- 24 cups cold water
- ice as needed
- small bowl
- medium size cooler
- In a small bowl add the salt, sugar, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Pour over the boiling water and stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Leave to rest and cool while preparing the cooler and turkey.
- Using dishwashing liquid (not a harsh chemical or bleach), clean the cooler. If hot water is used ensure that it is cooled with some ice before adding the brine.
- Remove the turkey from its packaging; remove the giblets and trim any excess fat. Rinse under water then place in the clean cooler.
- Pour the prepared brine concentrate over the turkey.
- Add the cold water to dilute the brine, stirring to ensure it is evenly distributed. If you are concerned that the brine will not remain cold, add some ice cubes.
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