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How to Make a Citrus Herb Brine - step by step instructions to make the best brine ever! Perfect for Thanksgiving!

How to Make a Citrus Herb Brine

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 brine 1x
  • Category: Brine
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American


Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Brine a Turkey using an Herb-Citrus method.


  • *This recipe is for a 18-22 lb turkey. For an approximately 10 pound turkey, simply cut in half.
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 28 cups water
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard seeds
  • peel of one orange
  • peel of one lemon


  1. Place 6 cups of water, salt and all other ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring to allow salt to fully dissolve.
  3. Remove from heat and let water cool down to room temperature.
  4. Place turkey in brining bag and cover with salt mixture.
  5. Add remaining water.
  6. Turkey should be fully submerged – use a plate to weigh down if you need to.
  7. If additional water is needed, add 1 cup water and 1 Tablespoon salt until fully submerged.
  8. Let sit at least 12 hours, 24 preferred.
  9. Remove from brine, rinse and discard brining liquid.
  10. Roast according to your favorite recipe.

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