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Sweet Apple and Cranberry Brine

There are plenty of ways to cook a turkey, but none result in a flavor quite as delicious as brining. The process is simple: soak your turkey in the brine for at least 24 hours and the result is a turkey more delectable than any you’ve ever had.


  • 2 cups apple-cranberry juice
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 3 large sprigs rosemary
  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 oranges, sliced


  1. Place 1 quart of water and salt in large pot. Bring to simmer, and then add in all the other ingredients. Continue to simmer on low for a half hour. Set the mixture aside, and let cool completely.
  2. Put the uncooked turkey in a brining bag, and pour in the brine. Seal, set in a large pan, and place back in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours until it’s time to prepare and cook the turkey. Make sure to turn the turkey over a few times during the brining period.

Tip: the brine is very salty, so there’s no need to season the turkey with salt when you prepare for baking.

Try this brine on your Thanksgiving turkey, and let us know what you think! Share photos from your meal on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ALMbites.

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