Honey-Brined Turkey

Product Wellness Keys
  • Fat Free
  • Fruits - Vegetables
  • Heart Healthy
  • Gluten Free
  • High Calcium
  • High Fiber
  • Lactose Free
  • Low Calorie
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Sugar Free
  • Vegan
  • Lean
  • Whole Grain
  • Diabetes
  • High Calorie
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Nutritional Info
Each serving (about 5 oz turkey) contains 290 calories, 0 g carbohydrate, (0 g fiber), 40 g protein, 13 g fat, (4 g saturated fat), 155 mg cholesterol, and 2310 mg sodium.
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  • Calories per Serving: 290
  • Servings: 16
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Honey-Brined Turkey

Ingredients

You'll Need

Cheesecloth cut into 6-inch square, kitchen string, 1 Reynolds oven safe cooking bag (big enough to fit turkey), aluminum foil

Directions

Marinate:

  1. Thaw turkey according to pkg directions; release legs from oven-safe clamp (if applicable). Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities. Rejoin legs with clamp (if applicable).
     
  2. Make sachet: Place thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves, and sage in middle of cheesecloth square; tie with string.
     
  3. Place sachet, 1 gallon water, salt, wine, honey, and juniper berries in large stockpot. Stir; bring to boil on HIGH. Turn off heat. Let rest 20 min.
     
  4. Add 1 gallon ice water to cool mixture. Brine should be no more than 50 degrees before submerging turkey; check with quick-read thermometer.
      
  5. Place oven bag in large stockpot; pour mixture in oven bag. Add turkey, submerging in brine; tie bag. Marinate in refrigerator for 24 hours.

Roast:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Remove turkey from brine; discard brine. Rinse turkey with cool water.
     
  2. Place turkey, breast-side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan; drizzle with basting oil. Tuck wings under back of turkey. Cover turkey loosely with "tent" of aluminum foil.
     
  3. Roast 15 min. Reduce oven to 350° and see table below for approximate cooking times; roast until internal temp reaches 165° (check by inserting thermometer into thickest part of inner thigh area where leg connects to body of bird - but not touching the bone.) Although pop-up timer is included, we recommend digital thermometer for best results.
     
  4. Remove from oven; let rest 20 min before carving.
Chef Tips
Approximate roasting times in a 350 degree oven:
Turkey Weight Cooking Time for Unstuffed Turkey
8-12 lbs 2-1/2 to 3-3/4 hours
12-16 lbs 3-3/4 to 5 hours
16-20 lbs 5 to 6 hours
20-24 lbs 6 to 7-1/4 hours
24-28 lbs 7-1/4 to 8-1/2 hours

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