Brining a turkey before cooking keeps the meat moist. For a medium size turkey (12-15 lbs.) about 1 lb. of brine mixture is needed. The proportion is 2 gallons of water to 1lb. of mixture. Put mixture and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool before adding turkey. Turkey should sit in brine overnight (12 hours is best) in a refrigerator.
Wash turkey and discard mixture before starting preparations to cook. Ingredients: sea salt, brown sugar, white peppercorns, orange peel, garlic flakes, black peppercorns, toasted minced onion, rosemary, pink peppercorns, allspice berries, juniper berries, green peppercorns, thyme, basil. Oregano, sage, and bay leaves.