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todd



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19 11 2:41 am    Post subject: Turkey brine container? Reply with quote

I've been wanting to smoke up my first turkey that i have in my freezer, but don't know what to use to brine it in? The temps are getting warmer here in minnesota so i can't just throw it in a bucket and leave it outside. Anybody willing to give up some tips ? Thanks!
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MGeslock
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19 11 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used a cooler. In the summer, I throw some ice in there to keep temps in the safe zone.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19 11 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes sense! Thank you. I might have to line the inside of mine with a garbage bag, though.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19 11 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was it out with bleach before I get started. The bag is a good idea.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19 11 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put the bird and brine in a oven roasting bag then throw that in the cooler with ice. Seems to work fairly well...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19 11 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. works great
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20 11 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I go to the grocery store and to the bakery and ask for a empty 5 gal frosting pail, food safe and free. Watch out for garbage bags, some are scented and others have chemicals added. Oven bag sounds like a great idea for putting in a bag.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20 11 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We get large ziplock bags that the bird and the brine fits in. we double them up and place it all in an ice chest. Works great. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21 11 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be smoking my first turkey this Thanksgiving and wanted to know if there are proven brinning solutions and smoking techniques (temp, wood and timing).

Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21 11 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For brining turkey I use a 5.5 gallon homebrew bucket. The one I use has a spicket in the bottom which makes it easier to drain the brine.
I bought the bucket from a local homebrew store and it came with a lid. Down side is you need a large refrigerator spot for it. Luckily I have a second refrigerator that allows for it.
For chickens I use a 2.5 gallon frosting bucket I got for $1 from a local donut shop.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22 11 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My father and I got a 5 gal bucket, cleansed it with food safe cleanser I user to clean my homebrew stuff, covered the turkey with brine and threw in some ice in bags. It worked perfectly.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12 12 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use one of those orange 5 gallon water coolers like you see on a job site.

Insert the turkey into the brine and weight it down with either a bag of ice or a plate or something. I have found though to be careful with how much ice you use as I have actually re-frozen a turkey doing this......

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13 12 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

todd wrote:
That makes sense! Thank you. I might have to line the inside of mine with a garbage bag, though.


Don't use a garbage bag. It is not food safe. Some companies even add chemicals to keep stuff from growing on them.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13 12 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could use a turkey oven bag. They are on sale right now. I also use them for putting on rubs. Put the butts in the bag, add the rub, refridgerate over night. 1 bag will hold 2 butts. It's food safe and strong. Should work for a turkey.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04 13 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 10 lb. turkey will fit just fine in a 2 gallon ziplock freezer bag. I mix up a gallon of brine and just plop it in a baking dish and put it in the fridge for overnight..
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05 13 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ziploc.com/Products/Pages/BigBags.aspx?SizeName=XL

This in a empty box from a case of beer fits really well in the fridge.

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