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Nov 20, 2006 07:24 PM

Beware! Penzeys brining recipe

A new Penzeys opened near my home and I rushed in. It was quite a wonderful shopping experience, and as I checked out I grabbed the holiday catalog. There is a recipe in the book for brining a turkey. It calls for 2 cups of kosher salt and 2 cups of sugar to 8 cups of water. I had to read it twice. Granted, the recipe says to add more water if necessary to cover the bird, and I imagine quite a bit must be necessary for a large turkey, but that can really vary depending on the size of the bird and the size and shape of the vessel. I've seen many different brine recipes, but this one has the most salt (and sugar) by far. I always brine my birds, and have found 1 cup of salt to 1 gallon of water to be plenty. Any thoughts? Could this be a misprint?

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  1. I have used 2 cups of Diamond Kosher and 1 cup of sugar to a gallon of water. That's strong, but DK has large crystals.

    The Penzey's brine would be twice as strong!