• prep: 10 min
  • cook: 8 hr
  • total: 8 hr 10 min
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    Cookbook author and culinary pro Molly Stevens created this recipe exclusively for Epicurious. A wet turkey can be slow to brown, so for the best results, remove the turkey from the brine 8 to 12 hours before you plan to roast, pat it dry, and let it sit in the refrigerator, uncovered to dry the surface. If you don't have time to let it air-dry, do your best to thoroughly dry the surface after brining. Rubbing the skin with butter or oil will also encourage browning. Keep in mind that it's best not to stuff a brined turkey, because the juices will concentrate in the cavity and overseason your stuffing. Instead, cook your stuffing in a baking dish alongside the turkey. See our Complete Guide to Brining for more on wet and dry brining.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or 1 cup Morton kosher salt or 2/3 cup fine table or sea salt)
    • 1 gallon cool water
    • 1 (12- to 14- pound) turkey,* neck and giblets removed
    • *Avoid brining a kosher turkey, which has already been salted.
    • Equipment: 1 heavy-duty brining bag or 2 oven-roasting bags; 1 twist tie or rubber band; large roasting pan or extra-large bowl
    • N/A 1 twist tie or rubber band
    • N/A large roasting pan

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 1
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 2257 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 65 g 99.85%
    • Saturated Fat: 16 g 80.65%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 88 mg 29.41%
    • Sodium: 208942 mg 8705.93%
    • Calcium: 1816 mg 181.57%
    • Potassium: 11644 mg 332.68%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 23 mg 129.72%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 306 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 72 g 288.4%
    • Sugar: 170 g
    • Protein: 109 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 5 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 3 g
    • Vitamin A 1428.22%
    • Vitamin C 1227.72%
    • Vitamin D 29.28%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat6
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk1
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch4
    • Exchange - Vegetables48
    • Exchange - Lean Meat4
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total3 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total35 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy1 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total7 oz-eq

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