Brining a Thanksgiving turkey is a lot easier than you might think. Plus, it keeps your turkey moist and adds lots of flavor. I created a simple, no-fail citrus and tea brine that can be put together in just minutes.
I brined my turkey for 24 hours using just a mixture of Honest Tea, Simply Orange, onion, garlic, lemon, and herbs. Remember my Coca-Cola Journey post on how to preserve herbs from earlier in the fall? I used the rosemary and thyme from that project to season my turkey, and it turned out beautifully. The tea helped to lock in the turkey’s flavor while the citrus added hints of lemon and orange to the bird.
Brining Tips & Tricks:
· It is crucial that you thoroughly rinse both the inside and outside of the turkey after brining and before roasting, otherwise it will be too salty.
· Use the salty pan drippings to make gravy. Yum! The secret is to place a diced potato in the gravy while cooking since the potato will absorb the excess salt. Just let it simmer in the gravy for 20-30 minutes.