Wet Brine

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup kosher or sea salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 head garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries, crushed
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 bay leaves, torn apart
  • 4 dried red chilies, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Method

Heat the water, add all the ingredients, and stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Chill before using.

Wet Brining Times—Refrigerated
♦ Whole roasting chicken 24 hours
♦ Quail 1 hour
♦ Capon or large chicken breasts 2 hours
4- to 6-ounce portions of fish 1 hour
♦ Pork loin on the bone 12 hours
♦ Pork leg 48 hours
♦ Whole 15-pound turkey 24 hours
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