What would be a good substitute for juniper berries if your making a brine for a turkey? @Food52Hotline

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ChefJune
ChefJune November 13, 2015

I cannot imagine using juniper berries for anything with turkey, so I would just omit them.

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ChefJune
ChefJune November 13, 2015

Juniper berries have a very astringent taste to them. I wouldn't like them with turkey. Just my 2 cents.

AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames November 13, 2015

Allspice berries might be nice, if you have them. What else is in the brine? Is this for a standard turkey?

(June, I could easily see using juniper berries with wild turkey, and perhaps certain heirloom birds.)

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Exbruxelles
Exbruxelles November 13, 2015

Judy Rodgers has a brine for pork chops that calls for juniper and bay. The resulting chops are wonderful--succulent, tender and juicy, but you can't really taste either the juniper or the bay. But that doesn't answer the question, because Kayla doesn't have juniper berries to begin with. If I were doing this I'd probably just forget about them, but if I were fooling around I might try a few (not too many) cloves, maybe a few mustard seeds.

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mt gal
mt gal November 13, 2015

Gin?

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Cav
Cav November 13, 2015

Drink the gin whilst looking at the turkey. Don't brine. Drink more gin. Look at turkey some more.

Susan W
Susan W November 13, 2015

Turkeys eat juniper, dogwood and other berries, so it's very appropriate to add them to wet or dry brines. I've seen gin and/or rosemary sprigs as substitutes.

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Kayla
Kayla November 13, 2015

I'll just leave out that ingredient and opt for drinking the gin. Haha. Any suggestions on seasoning the turkey?

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