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Citrus-Scented Brined Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + marinating Bake: 4 hours + standing

Makes

12-14 servings

Our home economists marinate this turkey to keep it deliciously moist while roasting.

Ingredients

  • 11 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)
  • 1 medium lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions

  1. Mince five garlic cloves; halve the remaining garlic cloves and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice, salt, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, bay leaves and minced garlic. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add cold water to cool the brine to room temperature.
  2. Remove giblets from turkey and discard. Place a turkey-size oven roasting bag inside a second roasting bag; add turkey. Carefully pour cooled brine into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Place in a roasting pan. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours, turning several times.
  3. Drain and discard brine. Rinse turkey under cold water; pat dry. Place the lemon, orange, onion, thyme and reserved garlic in both cavities. Rub oil over skin. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together.
  4. Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 160° (cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly). Let stand for 15 minutes before removing contents from cavities and carving the turkey.

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