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brining in trash bag?

sanglier Mar 9, 2011 12:14 PM

OK, I'm down to the wire: the turkey is fully defrosted and needs to be cooked. I can't find any "specialty bags" designed just for brining a turkey. What do you guys think of using a Glad trash bag? Would it impart a nasty taste or be neutral? Anyone who's done it, good or bad, please let me know!


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  1. dave_c RE: sanglier Mar 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    I've used oven roasting bags made by Reynolds. Also, a lot less expensive than brining bags.

    Trash bags, I've read, aren't designed to handle foods so some of the chemicals used may leach out.

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    1. re: dave_c
      alitria RE: dave_c Mar 9, 2011 01:12 PM

      I'll second this completely. I always just use the oven bags. I'm not even sure I knew you could get special brining bags, I just grab the cooking ones from the Dollar Store. I've heard the same about trash bags and always avoided using them because mine always have a very chemical-y smell when I open them that I didn't want near food. Also, I know some have chemicals to prevent the growth of bacteria or limit odor which I'm sure isn't something you'd want to eat.

    2. Indirect Heat RE: sanglier Mar 9, 2011 04:56 PM

      They smell kinda gnarly, I'm not sure you'd want that smell smothering your turkey... Plus, they're not really food-grade, therefore they don't have to be as careful in what compounds they put in them... I wouldn't do it.

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      1. re: Indirect Heat
        nothingswrong RE: Indirect Heat Mar 11, 2011 05:09 PM

        the FDA issued a statement last thanksgiving which i thought was funny... they warned not to brine or cook (duh!) your turkey in garbage bags because they are not food-grade and not considered safe to use.

      2. momskitchen RE: sanglier Mar 9, 2011 04:57 PM

        I always brine mine in a cooler.

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          CanadaGirl RE: sanglier Mar 9, 2011 04:59 PM

          I wouldn't; mine specifically state they are not for food.

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            momskitchen RE: CanadaGirl Mar 11, 2011 04:07 PM

            What kind of cooler isn't safe to store food in? I would be hesitant to put anything in a cooler that isn't food safe, even if it was a can of beer.

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              c oliver RE: momskitchen Mar 11, 2011 04:49 PM

              I think CanadaGirl was referring to garbage bags not coolers.

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                CanadaGirl RE: c oliver May 11, 2011 08:44 AM

                Yep! I was referring to the bag

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            jeanmarieok RE: sanglier Mar 11, 2011 04:18 PM

            I've done it - we line our big cooler with a cheap dollar store trash bag. Not scented, or treated, just cheap plastic. It was fine. We didn't notice any odor in the bag to start with, and no odor or taste afterwards.

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              c oliver RE: jeanmarieok Mar 11, 2011 04:50 PM

              I'm curious why you bothered with the bag rather than just the cooler.

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                MikeG RE: c oliver Mar 12, 2011 02:45 AM

                To make it easier to clean the cooler afterward?

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                Indirect Heat RE: jeanmarieok Mar 11, 2011 06:16 PM

                "It was fine."

                Haven't developed cancer. Yet.

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                jaykayen RE: sanglier Mar 11, 2011 04:24 PM

                It should be fine, but.... why not dry brine turkey next time?

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                  c oliver RE: jaykayen Mar 11, 2011 04:51 PM

                  Could you talk more about that please? I have a couple of really small turkeys in the freezer and the idea of dry brining (I'm picturing Zuni chicken) is appealing. TIA.

                2. CCSPRINGS RE: sanglier Mar 12, 2011 03:08 AM

                  Do you have a really big pot like a lobster pot? I used a gallon size freezer bag and my turkey just squeezed in. A food grade 5 gallon bucket. Im sure if you had one you would not have written this post. Never did the trash bag thing but in a pinch, why not.

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                    LUV_TO_EAT RE: sanglier Mar 12, 2011 11:41 AM

                    If you know anyone who has a water cooler and buys those 15 litre bottles of water, they're good for brining turkey's, soaking smoked hams etc.. I cut the top off 1/4 or so and use the bottom for brining or anything else I need a large container for.

                    Very good way to recycle these giant water bottles.

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