How to Brine a Turkey

How to brine a turkey

Are you ready to unlock the secret to the juiciest, most flavorful turkey ever? Look no further – we’re about to demystify the art of turkey brining. Brining is the culinary trick that transforms a humble turkey into a succulent masterpiece, ensuring the best roasted turkey you’ve ever tasted.

At The Kilted Chef, we’re all about sharing culinary wisdom and making cooking accessible to everyone. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll show you exactly how to brine a turkey with expert tips, easy-to-follow instructions, and our signature quirky charm. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a kitchen newbie, our turkey brining guide will empower you to create a turkey that’s juicy, tender, and bursting with mouthwatering flavours.

Join us as we dive into the delightful world of turkey brining, where simple ingredients and a little know-how can elevate your holiday feast to new heights. Impress your family and friends with a turkey that’s nothing short of legendary. So, grab your apron, and let’s embark on this delicious journey together!

Thanksgiving turkey Brine recipe

As the crisp autumn air settles in, our thoughts inevitably turn to one of the most cherished traditions of the season: Thanksgiving. And at the heart of this beloved holiday feast is the star of the show, the pièce de résistance that gathers family and friends around the table in joyful anticipation – the turkey.

But how do you transform an ordinary turkey into a masterpiece that leaves your guests in awe? The answer lies in the art of turkey brining.

Turkey Brining Basics

Choosing a Turkey

First and foremost, it’s essential to start with the right foundation. Canadian turkey, known for its exceptional quality, is the canvas upon which we’ll craft our culinary masterpiece. Raised with care and precision, Canadian turkey offers a flavour that’s second to none, making it the ideal centrepiece for your Thanksgiving celebration.

What is Brining?

Brining is a culinary technique that has been used for centuries to infuse meat with flavour and juiciness. It’s a process that transforms an ordinary turkey into a succulent and flavorful masterpiece.

Our brine is a symphony of flavours, a harmonious blend of sweet and savoury, designed to elevate your turkey to new heights. With maple syrup, apple cider, and a medley of citrus fruits, we strike a balance between sweetness and acidity that will tantalize your taste buds.

But it doesn’t stop there. Sea salt, fresh herbs like sage and thyme, an array of aromatic spices, and the robust depth of Hot Under The Kilt Acadian Cajun seasoning add layers of complexity to our brine. Garlic and bay leaves provide the final flourish, infusing the liquid with their fragrant charm.

How Does Brining Work?

Brining isn’t just about imparting flavour; it’s also about enhancing the texture of the meat. The salt in the brine helps break down muscle proteins, making the turkey more tender and juicy. As the turkey soaks in this flavorful bath, it absorbs the brine like a sponge, ensuring that every bite is a burst of succulent goodness.

A Thanksgiving Tradition Reimagined

So, as you embark on your Thanksgiving journey, consider the art of turkey brining. It’s a time-honoured tradition that transforms a humble bird into a culinary masterpiece. With Canadian turkey as your canvas and our carefully crafted brine as your guide, you’ll create a Thanksgiving feast that lingers in the hearts and memories of your loved ones.

In the end, it’s not just a meal; it’s a celebration of tradition, flavour, and togetherness. And that’s what makes Thanksgiving truly special.

A very generous thank you to Canadian turkey  for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you.

How to Brine a Turkey: Step-by-Step Guide

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Thanksgiving turkey Brine recipe

Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

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  • 6L water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 medium yellow onions, halved
  • 2 oranges gut in half
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut in wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups sea salt
  • 1 sprig fresh sage leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp summer savory
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Hot Under The Kilt Acadian Cajun seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Place all of the ingredients ( squeeze the citrus) into a container that is large enough to completely submerge the turkey, stir well, add the turkey along with the neck, giblets etc, and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours and up to 48 hours.
  2. Remove the turkey from the brine and pat dry.
  3. Add 2 cups of the brine to the bottom of a roasting pan fitted with a rack
  4. Place the onions and herbs from the brine into the cavity of the turkey, place the turkey on the rack.
  5. Drizzle the turkey with olive oil.
  6. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 15 minutes per pound, basting every half hour.
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