Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

Staff Writer
Sweet Tea Turkey Brine
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We’ve heard that brines are important, and this chef’s recipe shakes things up a bit by adding sweet tea to the brine. His tip is to place the turkey and brine in two doubled garbage bags, which allows you to easily brine it overnight in a roasting pan.

12
Servings
826
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 gallons hot tea, black or green
  • 1 Pound Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Pound sugar
  • 7 Pounds ice
  • One 15-pound turkey, giblets removed
  • 10 bay leaves
  • 1/2 Cup whole peppercorns

Directions

In a hot pot, dissolve the sugar and salt into the tea and then add the 10 bay leaves and 1/2 cup of peppercorns. Cool the brine, then place it in a large cooler with the turkey breast side up. Dump the ice and cover with the cooler lid. Brine overnight, or up to 12 hours. Dry thoroughly before cooking. 
 

Turkey Brine Shopping Tip

Thanksgiving is not the only time to consume turkey. Now readily available year-round, be sure to take advantage of this chicken substitute.

Turkey Brine Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
36%
Sugar
58g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
30%
Cholesterol
290mg
97%
Protein
89g
100%
Carbs
64g
21%
Vitamin A
365µg
41%
Vitamin B12
5µg
82%
Vitamin B6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C
29mg
48%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
11%
Vitamin K
804µg
100%
Calcium
127mg
13%
Fiber
3g
11%
Folate (food)
43µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
43µg
11%
Iron
6mg
33%
Magnesium
190mg
47%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
31mg
100%
Phosphorus
789mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
1331mg
38%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.9mg
50.1%
Sodium
2301mg
96%
Sugars, added
57g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
15.8%
Trans
0.2g
N/A
Zinc
8mg
51%

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