Turkey Brine

Start by making this the morning of the day you’re going to put the turkey in the brine, so it has time to cool down. Supplement with ice and more water if needed to keep the turkey submerged. This is enough brine for a 10 to 18-pound turkey.


  • 1-gallon vegetable broth
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried savory
  • 1-gallon ice water


  1. In a large stockpot, combine the vegetable broth, sea salt, rosemary, sage, thyme, and savory. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to be sure salt is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.
  3. When the broth mixture is cool, pour it into a clean 5-gallon bucket. Stir in the ice water.
  4. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  6. Cook the turkey as desired to reserve the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.