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Best Turkey Brine Ingredients

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Best Turkey Brine Ingredients
Best Turkey Brine Ingredients

Brine for Turkey

  By Beth Sogaard  ,

November 18, 2017

The brine can be made a full week ahead, if desired. After brining the turkey should be cooked within 24 hours.

  • Yields: 2 1/2 quarts


1 1/2 cups kosher salt

1 cup sugar

4 bay leaves

1 tsp peppercorns

2 tbsp pickling spice

4 cups water

6 cups ice water


1Bring the salt, sugar, bay leaves, peppercorns, pickling spice, and the 4 cups water to a boil in a sauce pan. Boil for 10 minutes, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain and add to the ice water, mixing well.

2To brine turkey: Rinse the bird with cold water, removing any necks, gizzards, etc. (reserve for stock). Place the turkey in a bucket or deep container and cover with enough of the cooled brine to cover. You can also sanitize a small ice chest and place the bird directly in or in a heavy duty clear garbage bag and surround with the brine. Add ice as needed to keep below 40 degrees.

3Brine the turkey under refrigeration overnight or at least 8 hours. Remove from the brine before roasting, discarding the used brine.

4This makes enough brine to cover a 12-16# bird.

This is my secret to moist, flavorful turkey every time.


AUTHOR - Beth Sogaard

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