Turkey Maple Brine

14910435_1363655463675203_3970703632040360118_n-1Enjoy an amazing turkey fit for a culinary magazine this Thanksgiving! Thanks to Great River Maple for sharing this wonderful Thanksgiving recipe with the Iowa Food Cooperative! Great River Maple produces pure maple syrup from Iowa trees along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. Be sure to like them on Facebook for even more great recipes using their Iowa tapped maple syrup.

Large turkey 
6 cups apple cider
3 apples cut up
6 oz fresh cranberries
9 sprigs Rosemary
Medium handful of fresh thyme
8 bay leaves
5 oranges sliced
1 cup robust maple syrup
1 cup salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large pan (must be big enough to completely submerge turkey). Add water as necessary to ensure turkey is fully submerged. Let soak in Brine for 1 hour per pound of meat, but not much longer. After appropriate amount of time remove and cook to preference.

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