Fresh From Florida: Make a Tasty Dish of Florida Osceola Turkey With Citrus Brine – Delicious!

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ABOVE VIDEO: Fresh From Florida shows you how to make a delicious recipe of Florida Osceola turkey with citrus brine.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Fresh From Florida shows you how to make a delicious recipe of Florida Osceola turkey with citrus brine.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Florida Osceola turkey
  • 3 Florida oranges, halved
  • 1 cup Florida honey
  • 2 cups Florida orange juice
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 1-2 gallons warm water
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1 ½ cups sea salt
  • Fresh herbs (such as sage, rosemary, and thyme)
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Butchers twine
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

Brine

  • In a large container or cooler, prepare brine by combining warm water, orange juice, 1 ½ cups sea salt, honey, bay leaves and fresh citrus.
  • Whisk until the honey and salt are dissolved and add ice to cool the mixture.
  • Place the turkey in the brine for 12-24 hours. Keep cool by storing in the refrigerator, or if using a cooler continually add ice to keep cold.
  • To cook, remove the turkey and dry the skin thoroughly. Discard used brine.

Osceola Turkey

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Using your hands or a barbeque brush, cover turkey with softened butter. Generously season the outside and inside of the bird with salt and pepper.
  • Place fresh herbs inside turkey and tie legs together with butcher’s twine (this will ensure turkey cooks even). Roast for 2 ½-3 hours, basting every 30 minutes, or until a digital food thermometer reads 160 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
  • “Fresh” tip: Brines are versatile! Experiment by using different combinations of herbs and spices. Brines can be used with poultry and pork products to enhance flavor.
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