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How Long Should The Spiced And Superjuicy Turkey Soak In The Brine?

Asked by LeneHe. Answered on 8th December 2023

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Many sites suggest the brining time for a turkey should be one hour per 500 g, or 8-18 hours in total. Nigella says it can be left overnight or for up to two days. Is this correct?

Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
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Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
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Nigella's Spiced And Superjuicy Roast Turkey (from NIGELLA CHRISTMAS) soaks the turkey in a saline solution to season the meat and to help to keep the turkey moist while it roasts.

Brines vary in salinity and you need to look at the concentration of salt. Nigella's brine is not particularly salty, which means that the brining time can be slightly longer. Also, larger birds tend to need longer brining as it can take longer for the brine to penetrate the meat. And most importantly, you need to be able to keep the bird in its salt-water bath cold during the brining process. So most people will brine the turkey for 12-24 hours due to space restrictions. However, for this particular brine it is fine if you have enough fridge space to allow the turkey to brine for up to 2 days.

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