Basic Fowl Brine

Brine is easy to make and you don’t need to buy the pre-made stuff from the store. Use this for any fowl to enhance flavor and to retain moistness.

Basic Fowl Brine


  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 1/2 cup kosher or any coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar optional
  • 1/2 cup pickling spices


  • Heat 2 cups of the water in a saucepan over medium heat. Add salt, brown sugar, and pickling spices. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Add this mixture to the remaining water and cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before soaking the duck or goose meat.