You will need: one big orange, two apples, two lemons, two onions, fresh herbs: such as thyme, chives, rosemary, sage, a cinnamon stick, allspice, star anise, cardamom, cloves, whole black pepper. Fresh garlic cloves mustard 2 tablespoons, 1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce, one cup of course salt. Orange Juice, a cheesecloth, mustard, Goya Sazón seasoning, Grape or Apple cider vinegar, apple cider.
- Wash the turkey in water, vinegar, and lemon juice. Make sure you clean its cavity very well. Transfer the clean turkey to a large container, I used a bucket.
- You will need one big orange, two apples, two lemons, two onions, fresh herbs: such as thyme, chives, rosemary, sage, a cinnamon stick, allspice, star anise, cardamom, cloves, whole black pepper. Fresh garlic cloves mustard 2 tablespoons, 1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce .One cup of course salt.
- Cut the apples, the orange, onions, garlic, lemon and add them and the seasonings to the bucket.
- Add the fresh herbs, salt, 1 tablespoon of onion powder and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.
- Add the mustard.
- Take 1/2 cup of grape or apple vinegar and one cup of cider or apple juice. Add the vinegar first and then the Apple cider
- Add 1 cup of orange juice, and water to cover the turkey completely.
- Now the turkey brining prep is done. Cover the container and put it in the fridge for 24 hours, since the weather is cold in New Jersey now, I put it in the garage.
- After 24 to 36 hours, take the turkey out of the brine and pat it dry all the way around and inside the cavity.
- In a bowl mix one stick of softened butter with Goya Sazón seasoning, if not available use paprika and onion powder instead.
- Cover the turkey skin all around evenly with the season butter.
- Put celery, carrots, onions and some water in the bottom of the roasting pan and place the turkey on a rack and transfer it to the pan.
- Stuff the turkey cavity with the cut up orange, apple, onion, garlic, and fresh herbs. With your hands gently separate the skin from the turkey meat and smear the seasoned salt and butter underneath and on top of the skin to cover the entire turkey.
- Melt two sticks of butter.
- Take a cheese cloth and dip it entirely in the melted butter.
- Cover the turkey with the cheese cloth and then place the turkey in the oven.
- Bake on 400°F for the first hour, then drop the oven temperature to 350 for the remainder of the cooking time. Cooking time is 13 minutes per pound.
- I kept pasting the turkey with the drippings every half hour for the entire duration of its cooking process, Patience is a virtue!
- Remove the cheese cloth and transfer the turkey to the serving platter.
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