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The Best Turkey Ever
Free of grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 2 1/2 c. kosher salt
- 3 gallons water
- 4 gala or pink lady apples, quartered
- 1 c. honey (local is best!) or maple syrup
- 1/4 c. cinnamon
- 1 T. cloves
- 12-18 lb. organic turkey, completely thawed
Place everything but the turkey in a large stock pot. Bring brine to a boil, then simmer for about 1 hour. Remove apples and cool brine to room temperature.
Place thawed and cleaned turkey in empty 5 gallon bucket and pour brine over all, making sure the turkey is completely covered.
Refrigerate turkey in the brine overnight, or for 24 hours. (If you can’t fit it in your fridge, and it’s below 40 degrees outside, just stick it on the porch, making sure it’s covered well.)
The next day, preheat oven to 500. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and stuff with desired stuffing.
Baste with brine and bake for 30 minutes. Remove turkey and cover tightly with foil, then replace in the oven.
Turn oven to 350 and bake for 3-4 more hours, depending on size of bird, or until desired doneness.
Remove from oven; carve, and enjoy!