Apple-Brined Turkey Breasts

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Appears in
Thanksgiving: Recipes for a Holiday Meal

By Lou Seibert Pappas

Published 2011

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Brining turkey, or soaking it in this salt-and-sugar solution, adds moisture to the meat. It is an especially good technique to use with all-white breast meat, which can become dry with roasting.


  • Apple Brine
  • Fresh whole bone-in turkey breasts, 2, about 12 pounds total


Make the Apple Brine as directed on.

Pat the turkey breasts dry with paper towels. Immerse the turkey breasts completely in the stockpot with the brine. If needed, invert a small plate on top of the turkey breasts to keep them submerged. Alternatively, if using a brining bag, put the turkey breasts in the bag, slowly pour the brine in over them, close