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Mark Peel's Brine

Type: Poultry
Serves: 1 people

Recipe Ingredients

2/3 cup 157mlSalt
1/2 cup 99g / 3.5ozPlus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup 118mlBlack pepper - cracked
1   Dried thyme
13   Cloves
13   Allspice - cracked
3   Bay leaves
13   Juniper berries - crushed
1   Water

Recipe Instructions

Combine salt, sugar, pepper, thyme, cloves, allspice, bay leaves and juniper berries in saucepan. Add 1 quart water and bring to boil. Simmer 5 minutes, then add to 1 gallon cold water. Chill thoroughly before using brine.

This recipe, inspired by one of Jeremiah Towers', is enough for a 12- to 14-pound turkey. The spicing is very faint, mostly you taste the salt and a bit of the sugar. It's a bit like a very elegant version of commercial smoked turkey, only without the smoke. Peel also uses this recipe for roast pork and smoked fish. For a pork loin, cut all of the amounts by half; for fish or chops, cut them into quarters.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


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