Brining a Turkey with Kikkoman and Smiley 360!

This post is a little late but better late than never, and I wanted to share it still! 😃 Photos and recipe from Kikkoman’s website and available here.


Here is the recipe:
Savory Turkey Brine
Ingredients (Recipe for a 16–24 pound turkey)
2 gallons cold water
10 ounces Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
½ cup kosher salt
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons dried sage
2 tablespoons dried celery seed
1 tablespoon dried thyme
The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey inside and out. In a large stock pot or 5 gallon bucket, mix water with remaining ingredients. Stir well until all the salt is dissolved. Place turkey in the pot, cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours. Remove turkey from the brine, rinsing well. Follow your regular cooking instructions.

I was provided the adorable Kikkoman bucket to brine my turkey, from Smiley 360 in which made it easy! They also provided me with two free Kikkoman coupons to make sure I have everything I need! The seasonings and everything else I already had on hand. We actually added in 1 tbsp of dried ginger, because we love ginger! Here’s our cute turkey soaking with all ingredients added!


All ready to soak up all the flavor overnight!


It was my husband and my first time handling and making a turkey ever, so it was a lot of fun doing this together and incredibly easy for us newbs! It only took us less than a half hour to throw everything together, including cleaning out the turkey (hubby handled the nasty part lol).


We made this turkey a week after Thanksgiving because we wanted our own turkey to enjoy and have days of leftovers with. We went to our friends for Thanksgiving and it was my first time away from family and it didn’t quite feel the same, so we opted to make a turkey and some green bean casserole, even mashed potatoes! Here are some photos of the finished bird and everything!





I also made some Juk, a rice porridge made using leftovers basically, and it came out delicious. My husband really appreciated it since he got sick and it’s some pretty darn good comfort good with some Sriracha hot sauce on top!



We also got the wishbone and it split evenly for both of us so I guess we both have good luck!



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