Brining turkey

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ cup Kosher salt
1½ cup Sugar
1½ gallon Water

After reading several Cook's Illustrated articles about the benefits of brining chicken and turkey, I have been converted to their way of thinking.

It does make the meat moister and tastier. The standard solution they recommend, and I've been using, for a 6 - 8 pound turkey breast or a chicken is:

Soak for 5 hours.

I would appreciate your thoughts on how to apply this "formula" to an 18-21 lb. whole turkey. I believe that the solution would remain the same but I'm not sure how to adjust the soaking solution. Would 5 hours still allow the solution to thoroughly penetrate the entire turkey? How long might be enough? Has anyone read any Cook's Illustrated articles on brining an entire turkey and care to share it with me? Posted to EAT-L Digest by "Grace M. Wagner" <wgmm@...> on Nov 20, 1997

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