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DIY Brining Spice Mixes

DIY Brining Spice Mixes

If you’re looking for a classic flavor profile for your brine, we’ve got you covered with our Brining Spice Ready Mix. This is a great all-purpose blend for brining turkey, chicken, pork, or shrimp.

If you want to branch out a bit, we've come up with three flavor profiles for Brining Spice Mix you can easily make to take your brine in a different direction. Try them with anything from tofu to turkey!

Seeds and whole spices make up a lot of the ingredients in these DIY brining recipes. The spices will infuse a flavor and a liquid heavy on salt and sugar will help keep that protein tender and juicy!

For the science of brining and more information about how it works, check out our Brining 101 article.

Sweet & Savory Brining Spice Mix

Sweet & Savory Brining Spice Ready Mix featuring Mulling Spices is great for chicken or pork.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. Mulling Spices

1 tsp. black sesame seeds

½ tsp. minced garlic

½ tsp. black Malabar peppercorns

1 tsp. premium French thyme

Notes: This recipe yields about 2 Tbsp. Spice Mix to flavor up to 2 quarts of brine.

Directions: For 2 quarts of brine, place all ingredients except thyme in a small sauté pan and toast over medium heat until aromatic, 3 to 4 min., stirring constantly. Add toasted spices to 1½ cups (of your 2 quarts) of brining liquid, along with 1/2 cup salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Crush the thyme by firmly rubbing it in the palms of your hands; this will help release the fullest flavor. Add crushed thyme to the seasoned brining liquid and bring to a boil for 1 to 2 min. Let the boiled, spiced brine cool completely before adding it back to the remaining brining liquid. Tip: You can speed up the cooling process by adding ice cubes.

Suggestions: Try replacing a quarter (or less) of the brining liquid with one (or a combination) of the following: apple cider, coconut milk, honey, or orange juice.

Seasonings this brine would pair well with: Georgia Peach Spice or Tan-Tan Moroccan Seasoning.

Sweet & Spicy Brining Spice Mix

Sweet & Spicy Brining Spice Mix featuring coriander, fennel, and mustard seeds; works well with shrimp or pork.

Ingredients:

2 tsp. coriander seeds

cinnamon stick

1 tsp. fennel seeds

1 tsp. yellow mustard seeds

½ tsp. allspice berries

½ tsp. dehydrated minced garlic

1 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper, depending on desired spiciness

Notes: This recipe yields about 2 Tbsp. Brining Spice Ready Mix to flavor up to 2 quarts of brine.

Directions: For 2 quarts of brine, place all ingredients in a small sauté pan and toast over medium heat until aromatic, 3 to 4 min, stirring constantly. Add toasted spices to 1½ cups (of your 2 quarts) of brining liquid, along with 1/2 cup salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil for 1 to 2 min. Let the boiled, spiced brine cool completely before adding it back to the remaining brining liquid. Tip: You can speed up the cooling process by adding ice cubes.

Suggestions: Try replacing a quarter or less of the liquid for the brine with one or a combination of the following: beer, buttermilk, orange juice, or pomegranate molasses.

Seasonings this brine would pair well with: Asian Delight BBQ Rub or Barrier Reef Caribbean Mix.

Tangy Brining Spice Mix

Tangy Brining Spice Mix, featuring lemon peel, is scrumptious with shrimp.

Ingredients:

½ tsp. minced lemon peel

1 tsp. coriander seeds

½ tsp. Mysore green peppercorns

½ tsp. dehydrated minced garlic

1 Indonesian cinnamon stick

2 Madagascar cloves

½ tsp. ground sumac berries

Turkish bay leaves

Notes: This recipe yields about 2 Tbsp. Brining Spice Mix to flavor up to 2 quarts of brine.

Directions: For 2 quarts of brine, place all ingredients except sumac and bay leaves in a small sauté pan and toast over medium heat until aromatic, 3 to 4 min., stirring constantly. Add toasted spice to 1½ cups (of your 2 quarts) of brining liquid, along with 1/2 cup salt (try using our Makrut Lime Salt for extra tang!) and 1/4 cup sugar. Crack bay leaves to release the fullest flavor. Add sumac and crushed leaves to the seasoned brining liquid and bring to a boil for 1 to 2 min. Let the boiled, spiced brine cool completely before adding it back to the remaining brining liquid. Tip: You can speed up the cooling process by adding ice cubes.

Suggestions: Try replacing a quarter or less of the liquid for the brine with one or a combination of the following: beer, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, orange juice, or pomegranate molasses.

Seasonings this brine would pair well with: Hidden Cove Lemon Garlic Blend and Cambodian Lemongrass Curry.

 

 

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