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 380 calories, 0 g carbohydrate, (0 g fiber), 54 g protein, 17 g fat, (5 g saturated fat), 205 mg cholesterol, and 3050 mg sodium.
  • Calories per Serving: 380
  • Servings: 20
  • Active Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time to Make: 1 day, 3 hours, 50 minutes - 1 day, 8 hours
  • Cooking Technique: Roasting Turkey
EZ Meal Option
Honey-Brined Turkey


You'll Need

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



  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, 8 cups 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 16 cups ice and 6 cups cold 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.


  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

Turkey Weight Cooking Time for Unstuffed Turkey
8-12 lbs 2 3/4 to 3 hours
12-14 lbs 3 to 3 3/4 hours
14-18 lbs 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
18-20 lbs 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
20-24 lbs 4 1/2 to 5 hours


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