brined turkey – Truthhahn in Salzlake eingelegt

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It is just about that time of the year again – turkey time!
Brining a Turkey makes for a very moist and succulent bird. It takes about 24 hours to brine a turkey in a salted and spiced brine. You can store the turkey in your fridge or in a protected spot outdoors if the temperature is cold enough (but not too cold, don’t freeze your turkey) For me my front porch works well.
I have never tried brining before, but have always wanted to, so here goes…

btw: this is not so much a recipe on how to roast a turkey – it gives the steps before you roast it.
I will follow this post with a recipe of my favourite stuffing and roasting method (and my friend Monis too 🙂  ) for more on turkey see my turkey tipps here

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Makes enough brine for one 18- to 20-pound turkey

7 quarts (28 cups) water
1 1/2 cups coarse salt
6 bay leaves
2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
1 tablespoon dried juniper berries
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds
1 fresh whole turkey (18 to 20 pounds), patted dry, neck and giblets reserved for stock, liver reserved for stuffing
1 bottle dry Riesling
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bunch fresh thyme

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