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Sage and bay salt

Every year at this time, cooks begin to panic about how they're going to roast their turkey. All that anxiety is misplaced. Roasting a turkey is easy: You simply salt it, roast it and rest it. It's the carving that ... Read more

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 10 dried bay leaves, crumbled
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Step 1Pulse together the salt, bay leaves, ground sage and black pepper in a spice grinder or mash them in a mortar and pestle to make a fine powder. Makes 1/3 cup. The mixture can be stored in a tightly sealed jar for up to 2 weeks.

Note: This makes enough for a 20-pound turkey. Allow a scant 1 1/2 tablespoons per 5 pounds of turkey weight.
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