Master Brine

 

 

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)

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Recipe Time

Hands-On: 7 Minutes
Total: 7 Minutes

Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

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.

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

Note:

Amanda Haas,

Cooking Light Real Family Food

September 2012