- Place salt, sugar, 2 cups of cold water, garlic and bay leaf in sauce pan. Bring just to a boil to dissolve the sugar and salt, turn off the heat. Add the onion, orange juice, and cups of water. Remove from stove, and add the container with ice water. Mix well, cool until it reaches 40 degrees.
- Rinse your turkey with cold water, and dry (this is to remove bacteria and such). Place the turkey in a large enough container to hold the brine and the turkey (a small cooler, or a stock pot). When the brine has cooled, pour over the turkey, you may need a weight to keep it covered! Keep in the brine for 12 – 24 hours. Remove turkey, and discard the brine. Dry the turkey thoroughly.
- Roast with your favorite seasonings.