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Brining a Turkey. HELP

NAtiveNewYorker Nov 22, 2009 09:25 AM

Do I need a special "brining bag" or can I just use a trash bag?

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    taiwanesesmalleats Nov 23, 2009 10:07 AM

    I personally prefer a water cooler and lots of ice. It doesn't take any room in the fridge and you can keep it cold enough overnight with the ice. When you want to drain it, use the spigot and voila, no mess and no risk of puncture!

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      RodVito Nov 23, 2009 07:02 AM

      I used to use bags, but after an unfortunate puncturing incident, I decided to look for alternatives. What Im currently doing, is emptying out the bottom drawin the fridge, and using it. This works for most medium to large birds. And, it is a always a good reason to clean the fridge.

      If Im not at home, I use a cooler.

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        wallyz Nov 22, 2009 09:30 PM

        I like large Igloo type coolers as well. Insulated, so 35 degree water stays that way.

        1. Cherylptw Nov 22, 2009 09:25 PM

          I've used the clear trash bag I got from a restaurant I worked; you can use white trash bags. They are safe to use and some restaurants do use large bags for food storage.

          We've used trash bags to store salad ingredients and other foods for catering events when making large amounts. Common sense will tell you not to use scented bags for food.

          1. care11 Nov 22, 2009 10:21 AM

            We've used white kitchen trash bags in the past, doubled. Worked perfectly.

            1. mcf Nov 22, 2009 10:21 AM

              If you can keep it cool enough, you can also use a bucket. Or you can do what I'm doing this year for the first time, "dry" brining:

              There are other threads on CH about both methods. I have a 16.11 lb turkey in a Ziplock jumbo sized bag right now.

              1. Bryn Nov 22, 2009 10:19 AM

                I wouldn't use a trash bag, as they aren't food grade plastic. Also some are scented and you don't want "fresh" smelling turkey. Ziploc makes really big bags that you could use.

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