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Master Brine

Hands-On time 7 mins
Total time 7 mins
Yield Makes 6 cups (enough for 1 1/2 pounds of meat or poultry–a small chicken, a turkey breast, or about 4 pork chops)
  

Ingredients

  • Basic Brine:
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • Spice Flavoring:
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 star anise
  • Herb Flavoring:
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 4 bay leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 2
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 0.4 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 270 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare basic brine, combine first 4 ingredients in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Add ingredients for either the spice flavoring or the herb flavoring; seal bag, shaking until salt and sugar dissolve.

  2. Tip: For larger cuts of meat or a larger bird like a turkey, triple or quadruple the mixture.

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