Turkey Time

Turkey Time

In case you missed it I went live in November 2016 with Big Hollow Food Co-op here in Laramie to talk turkey brining. Big Hollow is Laramie’s local Co-Op grocery store. They have been open and operating since 2007. They follow a cooperative business model. They have a board and you can become a member. Members get to vote on important issues regarding their food and other groceries. Their mission is simple.They support local agriculture, provide healthy food options, and empower the community. The staff is a wonderful group of people who care about their patrons. The store has a wide variety of specialty food items, health and beauty products, local and organic produce and interesting gifts! It was a great place to do my first ever live event and I look forward to doing another one soon! Here is a link to Big Hollow’s website.  Recently Big Hollow got some big news! They received funds from the Wyoming Business Council and will be moving into some bigger space in the old Empress lot. Here is a link to their story.

If you’ve never shopped at Big Hollow or aren’t a member I really encourage you to go check them out! They rock!

119 S. 1st St. Laramie, Wy 82070 | (307) 745-3586 | info@laramiecoop.com | Open 8am to 8pm daily

Here is a link to my live event! 

Below is my recipe for the turkey brine. I will also add it under the tab Recipes on my page for future reference.


Tanna’s Turkey Brine

12-14 lb turkey

1 c sea salt or coarse salt

1 c brown sugar

4 whole garlic cloves, smashed

3 bay leaves

4 tablespoons fresh rosemary (can use dried)

4 tablespoons fresh thyme (can use dried)

2 tablespoons peppercorns

peels from 3 oranges or any citrus you like, can also just slice whole fruit and add to brine

2 cups apple juice or cider

1-2 gallons cold water, enough to cover bird

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cover.

Then I just use this giant pot I have and submerge the turkey and refrigerate overnight. The next day I take it out of brine and rinse the bird well and pat dry before roasting.

Roasting instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Drain juices and pat dry with clean paper towels.

Place turkey breast side up on a flat rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2½ inches deep.

Turn the wings back to hold the neck skin in place. (Tucking the wings will help stabilize the turkey in the pan and when carving).  Brush or    spray skin lightly with vegetable or cooking oil for best appearance.

Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer deep into the lower part of the thigh without touching the bone. When the thigh is up to temperature, and if the turkey is stuffed, move the thermometer to the center of the stuffing.

Place your turkey in the oven.

When the turkey is about ⅔ done, loosely cover breast and top of drumsticks with a piece of foil to prevent overcooking.

Your turkey is done when the temperature with a meat thermometer is 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast or stuffing.

Lift turkey onto platter, and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

10 to 18 pounds(10) 3 to 3-1/2 hours
18 to 22 pounds (10-15) 3-1/2 to 4 hours
22 to 24 pounds (16-20) 4 to 4-1/2 hours