Apple-brined roast turkey

Apple-brined roast turkey


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About this recipe: Guaranteed moist, this turkey is soaked in an apple-infused brine before roasting. The result is luscious and tender meat with crispy skin. A brined turkey cooks 20-30 minutes faster; keep that in mind when consulting roasting charts and calculators. Enjoy!


Serves: 15 

  • 1 (7kg) whole turkey
  • 5L water
  • 3L cloudy apple juice
  • 340g coarse sea salt
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Prep:45min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Extra time:8hr  ›  Ready in:12hr45min 

  1. Mix water, apple juice, salt and sugar in a large pot or food-grade bucket, stirring to dissolve salt and sugar. Submerge the turkey in the brine, cover the container, and place in fridge for 8 hours or overnight
  2. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3.
  3. Remove turkey from brine and discard used brine. Place turkey with breast side up into a roasting tin; pat turkey and cavity dry with kitchen paper. Loosen turkey skin over the breast and thighs with your fingers.
  4. Mix olive oil, thyme and poultry seasoning in a small bowl. Rub the seasoned oil over the turkey and underneath the loosened skin. Cover turkey loosely with aluminium foil.
  5. Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, not touching bone, reads 75 to 80 degrees C, 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Remove foil tent about 45 minutes before end of roasting time to let the skin brown. Let turkey rest 30 to 45 minutes before carving.


Always brine foods in a food-grade, nonreactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled pot, a brining bag or a food-grade plastic bucket. Never use ordinary plastic bags, plastic bins or metal buckets or containers not meant for food use.

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