Pasture Raised Turkey Brine Recipe

turkey brine recipe

When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I go all out with homemade all the things. I came up with this simple Turkey Brine Recipe in 2020 when I couldn’t find the one I’d been loving for years in stores. Needless to say, it was delicious and I’ll never look back. If you’re looking for a simple way to DIY this year for the holidays, give this easy recipe a shot!

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Gather Your Ingredients

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve noticed I’m pretty particular about my ingredients. I love to purchase fresh, organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. Most sugar cane grown in the US is heavily sprayed with pesticides and grown as a GMO crop, so I always opt for organic for that. I think the Himalayan sea salt really shines in this recipe, too.

If you don’t have dried orange or lemon zest on hand, fresh is always great too! Last year I used all dry, but this year I am using fresh rosemary as well as fresh orange and lemon zest instead of dried. You can even get more creative with optional add-ons like dried cranberries, if you’d like!

Sourcing Your Turkey

What’s the deal with pasture-raised? Most of the meat we eat in our home has been raised and processed with the utmost care in mind. This means they also contain higher levels of bio-available nutrients from being raised in natural, outdoor conditions. If you’re local to Houston or San Antonio, Texas Farm to Home delivers many farm to table meat and dairy products straight to your door. We’ve been utilizing his services for over three years now. Our turkey(s) will be delivered by him next week!

You can learn more about why it’s important to consider meat sources on my Weston A. Price Foundation Overview here.

Plan Ahead!

Don’t forget to consider thawing times based on the weight of your turkey, and gathering your necessary ingredients well before the need to prepare your brine. Your bird should be thawed completely and plan to brine for 12-24 hours before you plan to cook it. Print this recipe and get started!

Homemade Maple Granola

homemade maple granola

Look, I know you don’t think you need anything else to make from scratch in the kitchen. I get it, but…this is a must try. Homemade Maple Granola is something you have to make from scratch at least once. You’ll save money, your house will smell divine, and your kids will think you’re the coolest ever (maybe, idk).

Make it Your Way

One of the best things about this recipe is how customizable it is. Don’t like walnuts? Leave them out! Need to make it gluten free? Go for it! You could also sub honey for the maple, but I’ve never enjoyed my homemade granola near as much without the maple syrup as my sweetener of choice.

Much like my Homemade Bone Broth Mac N Cheese Recipe, it’s super easy to make it your way with this super versatile recipe.

Where to Buy Ingredients

The more of these ingredients you buy in bulk, the more affordable this granola becomes. Utilizing places like Costco, Azure Standard (learn more about Azure here), and Thrive Market are great to price shop and save tons with compared to just picking up something at the local grocery store. This post provides a quick comparison break down for an idea of modern day coupon clipping.

Add this to your bowl of yogurt on your Simple Meal Plan Rotation and your full belly will be happy you made it yourself!

These are my favorite oats to get from Azure, they’re gluten-free! I also purchase raw, organic nuts and seeds as well from Azure! My maple syrup budget is currently only Costco friendly, but if it weren’t I’d be getting this really good stuff in bulk from Azure, too.

I like to use refined organic coconut oil by Nutiva for the oil content. Refined coconut oil has no taste. But if you and your family enjoy the extra coconut flavor, feel free to use un-refined!

Invest in Quality Spices for Your Homemade Maple Granola

I can’t express enough how amazing fresh, high-quality spices are in your kitchen. They’ll last WAY longer if stored correctly, and there’s just nothing better. I buy all of my spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, and store them in glass spice jars and mason jars to keep them fresh.