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Brined Whole Turkey

Brined Whole Turkey
Servings:
8
Total Time:
27 hours, 30 minutes
Active Time:
30 minutes

Ingredients

6 tablespoons coriander seeds
4 cinnamon sticks
2 gallons spring water, divided
1 (6-inch) piece fresh ginger root, sliced
1 1/2 cups kosher salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 GreenWise whole turkey (about 12–14 lb), thawed
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 lemon, for zest
Nonstick aluminum foil

Steps

  1. Cook and stir coriander and cinnamon in 16-quart stockpot on medium until toasted and fragrant. Add 8 cups water, sliced ginger, salt, and sugar; bring to a boil, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove pot from heat; pour in remaining water and allow to cool completely. Place turkey in brine; chill 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Zest lemon (1 tablespoon). Whip butter and lemon zest until combined. Remove turkey from brine and drain well, then place on foil-lined roasting pan with rack; pat dry with paper towels. Rub turkey with butter mixture; roast per package instructions or until browned and 165°F. Let stand 15 minutes to rest before carving. Serve.

Other Preparation Methods

  • Dry brine: Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup kosher salt, 3 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice, and 1 tablespoon ground coriander. Place 12–14 lb turkey on foil-lined roasting pan with rack and coat with seasoning mixture, then chill 24 hours. Preheat oven to 325°F. Pat turkey lightly to remove any excess seasoning mixture; roast per package instructions or until browned and 165°F. Let stand 15 minutes to rest before carving.

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Nutritional Information

CALORIES (per 1/8 recipe) 740kcal; FAT 36.00g; SAT FAT 14.00g; TRANS FAT 1.00g; CHOL 395mg; SODIUM 1050mg; CARB 2g; FIBER 0.00g; SUGARS 2g; PROTEIN 95g; CALC 4%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 20%

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