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It’s time to think about how you’re going to cook up that delicious, tender, FRESH turkey from Alwan & Sons! If you’ve never BRINED your bird, this should be the year. Check out the video on our Facebook page and try this recipe.

How to Brine a Turkey
Courtesy of Molly from Alwan & Sons
WHAT IS BRINING: Brining is a salt marinade that causes the meat to absorb water and flavorings. It helps create a tender, moist and flavorful turkey.

WHAT DO I NEED?
Brining Bag: Available at Alwan & Sons
1 Alwan & Sons FRESH 14 lb turkey
BRINE RECIPE:
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 15 min
INGREDIENTS
 12 cups water
 1 cup kosher salt
 2 cups sugar
 2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Regular Seasoning
 2 tablespoons thyme
 2 tablespoons rosemary, ground or fresh (preferred)
 6 cups ice
DIRECTIONS:
1. Add 4 cups of hot water to a large mixing bowl and add salt and sugar. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Stir in 8 cups cold water or apple cider vinegar, thyme, rosemary, and ice.
THE BRINE IS READY
2. Remove giblets and neck from the cavity of the turkey.
3. Rinse the inside AND outside of the thawed turkey.
4. Using paper towels, pat the turkey dry.
5. Insert brining bag in a large soup pot bigger than the bird.
6. Completely submerge the turkey.
7. Seal the bag. Keep it on ice or in the refrigerator (keep it at 40 degrees, at least)
8. Allow the turkey to marinate for 12 hours for a small turkey (12 -15 lbs) and up to a full day for a bigger bird. (NOTE: You may need to flip your bird half way through the brining process)
9. Remove the turkey from the brine. Rinse it and pat it dry before adding additional seasoning, butter, or oil in preparation for roasting.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
 Do not use a self-basting, pre-seasoned, or kosher turkey as it will be too salty