Preparation info

  • Makes Brine for

    two 5- to 6- pound

    Turkey Breasts
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Thanksgiving: Recipes for a Holiday Meal


By Lou Seibert Pappas

Published 2011

  • About

The mixture of apple juice, salt, honey, and sugar used here puts a fruity, flavorful spin on the usual brine combinations. It also complements the sweet condiments on the Thanksgiving table.


  • Apple juice or sweet apple cider, 3 quarts, chilled
  • Kosher salt, 2 cups


If using a stockpot: Combine the apple juice, 3 quarts water, the salt, honey, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a nonreactive stockpot about 3 inches taller and wider than the turkey breasts. (A large stoc