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What can I put my turkey in to briine?

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is a (clean) glad bag okay?

I am just doing a turkey breast, so I am sort of hoping I can just use the biggest bowl we have (nicknamed "the aquarium") and the fridge. if not....I am stumped.

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  1. Anything that's food safe is ok.

    1. A clean cooler. Put the turkey in, pour the brine around it. Then add either blue ice packs, or ice in ziploc bags (or, if you are far enough north, just put it outside.

      Just don't add ice directly to the brine or you will dilute it.

      1. Where do you live? Here in New England I use my biggest cooler. Turkey goes into the brining bag and into the cooler. I pour the brine over the turkey, seal the brining bag and then weigh the turkey down with bags of ice. Cooler stays out on the porch.

        However if it's just a breast I would think you could put the turkey in a brining bag and use a shallow roaster to hold it. The roaster should slide right into the fridge.

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        1. re: foodieX2

          I suppose that is the question - what bag is big enough (and seals well enough) to put a turkey and about a gallon of brine?

          1. re: Westy

            If you can find them, Ziploc makes some really big ones (3 gallon, maybe?) that they advertise for household storage. They would work perfectly.

            1. re: arashall

              The Ziplock Big Bags come in 3, 10, and 20 gallon sizes.

              They are listed for food storage, but not for use in the uwave.

              1. re: Alan408

                Perfect! I did not know they came that size.

                Many thanks!

            2. re: Westy

              I bought mine at home goods-can't remember the brand name but as other posters noted you can get big zip locks. Also places like WF, Fresh Market, William Sonoma, Sure La Table, etc all carry bags specifically for brining.

          2. Up to 10/12 pounds, I have very successfully used the fruit/vegetable drawer in my fridge!

            Of course, YMMV, depending on size of drawer, but it's perfect if it does fit. Secure, cold, out of the way.

            1. You must have a plastic 'crisper' drawer in the bottom of your fridge big enough to brine one turkey breast. Use that.