Apple Cider Brined Turkey - Instructions
Trust me here - you will never again complain, nor hear complaints about dry meat if
you make brining the first step in the preparation of your holiday bird. Brining
requires nothing more than boiling water with salt, sugar and spices; cooling the
mixture; then soaking the turkey in the brine for 12 to 24 hours.
In a 3-to 4-quart saucepan, put the salt, sugar, ginger, bay leaves, cloves,
peppercorns and allspice. Add 8 cups of apple cider or juice and stir to combine.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the salt and sugar have
dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes; then remove from the heat. Add 4 cups of ice-cold
water, stir and set aside to cool.
Have ready a heavy roasting pan large enough to hold the turkey. Place one of the
bring bags inside the second one to create a double thickness; then place these bags,