Poultry Brine


If you enjoy buying whole birds and roasting them for a lovely dinner with the family, I recommend brining the meat a day in advance. This recipe that I use, gives the best overall taste than any other brine I’ve used in the past.

If your one of the people who would rather buy the already fabricated pieces of meat because you don’t know how to break down a whole chicken..You should look into a youtube video on how to. The process is a lot easier than it looks, plus when you have the whole bird you canΒ  reserve the bones and make your own homemade chicken stock, which is far better than store bought. In conclusion, please please please go to the store right now, grab a whole chicken and mise en place for this brine, brine your bird, roast your bird, save the bones, make an amazing stock and then go crazy and make some soup because even though summer is around the corner its always a good time for soups!

Yield: 1 1/2 Gallons

Gluten Free/Grain Free/Soy Free/Dairy Free

Mise en Place:

-1 Pound Salt

-1 Pound Dark Brown Sugar

-4 Cups White wine

-5 Ounces Lemon Juice

-1 Bunch Rosemary

-1 Bunch Thyme

1 Bunch parsley

-13 Each Bay leaves

-1 Ounce Juniper Berries

-1 Gallon Cold Water

Additional Tools:

-Stock pot

-Poultry of Choice

Method of Preparation:

-Bring to a simmer the white wine, lemon juice, salt and brown sugar. Stir until dissolved.

-Add the herbs and spices.

-Remove from the heat and fill with water.

-Allow to cool. Once cooled place whole bird in pot and set in refrigerator for 4 hours.

-Remove from brine and prepare to roast with rubbing oil on bird and placing in oven until fully cooked.




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