Brining your Thanksgiving Day turkey is a great way to add flavor and moisture to this typically lean protein. Sweet cider, fresh herbs, and warm garlic soak into your turkey in this Apple Cider Brined Turkey.
Remove the giblets and neck from the cavity, pat the skin dry and set aside.
In a stock pot, add salt, herbs, bay leaves and peppercorns. Toast over medium-high heat until fragrant. Add warm water. Stir until salt dissolves.
Remove from heat and add apple cider, onion, celery, and garlic. Let cool for 15 minutes. Set brining bag in a roasting pan with top open wide.
Add turkey and cover with brining liquid. Add remaining cold water. Let sit for 24 hours. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry before roasting in the oven.