Loc: upstate ny
|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:25:12 PM|
What else can I use? This is my first turkey. Can I brine without a bag? Use a garbage bag or a try to find a huge ziploc?
I don't have a Williams Sonoma nearby. Tried local groceries, target and walmart.
Loc: Central New York
|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:30:04 PM|
I've never brined in a bag.
I've used a giant stock pot with a lid.
My brother has a bucket from Home Depot that has been washed very well and he uses just for the turkey.
Alton Brown said he has a round drink cooler that is he uses only for turkey brining. He makes his brine with a bunch of ice in it...and then doesn't need to refrigerate it because the ice keeps it cold. He just puts it in the chilly garage.
|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:31:08 PM|
I use large ziplocs. I wouldn't use a garbage bag. You could also use a ice chest or a bucket (from Lowe's or Home Depot).
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:31:19 PM|
I use oven bags. My mom uses an unscented trash bag.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:40:02 PM|
I use a 5 gallon bucket from lowes.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:43:03 PM|
We use our large stockpot or turkey frying/crawfish pot and if those aren't large enough we brine in a cooler.
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Loc: Up North
|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:44:26 PM|
I use the turkey fryer pot.
Loc: wherever the army sends us
|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:51:47 PM|I have one of these drink bucket that I put the bird and brine in and then I put that in the big cooler with ice around it or in the fridge if there's room (there never is)
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Loc: Out here in the middle...
|Posted: 11/19/2012 1:58:59 PM|
We also use a 5 gallon bucket from Lowe's.
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Loc: somewhere dreaming
|Posted: 11/19/2012 2:09:04 PM|
The bucket from Lowes!
That's what I remember Alton telling me I could use.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 2:12:17 PM|
I use a brining bag and I like it because it is easy to fit in the fridge and I don't have to fret about food safety (not that you necessarily have to, but I am a tad paranoid about these things).
That said, I had a heck of a time finding a Reynolds brining bag this year. I had to look in several stores before I found one. My suggestion is to go to a local grocery store rather than a big chain. that's where I found mine. I was planning on trying Walgreens, too, but I didn't have to. I also wonder about places like Dollar Tree.
I already regret not buying one for next year.
Loc: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
|Posted: 11/19/2012 2:34:59 PM|We use one of those big drink coolers with ice in it. Its only used for turkey. I've never seen bags in the stores
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 2:45:47 PM|
A regular trash bag is not "food safe" and chemicals used in the plastic may leech onto the food. Trash bags are sometimes treated with pesticides as well.
Loc: Owasso, OK
|Posted: 11/19/2012 2:49:42 PM|
I will ditto others, we follow the Alton Brown method and either brine in a large cooler or a turkey fryer pot that we bought for the purpose. Depends on how many turkeys we're cooking.
Loc: upstate ny
|Posted: 11/19/2012 3:10:17 PM|
Thanks to all! I will look for the large ziploc bags, if not we have a cooler we can use.
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Loc: Hudson Valley, NY
|Posted: 11/19/2012 3:15:59 PM|
Don't use a garbage bag. It's not safe for food.
I always use a Reynolds turkey bag (the kind you use for baking the turkey in). They're big enough and they don't break easily. I put my turkey in and sit it in a pan (usually my roasting pan, or an aluminum roasting pan) and then pour the brine into the bag. Remove as much of the air, then twist the bag really good, as close to the bird as you can, then seal it with their tie. Works great and it's not nearly as expensive as buying a specialty brining bag.
|Posted: 11/19/2012 3:33:38 PM|
Loc: Epicenter of Awesome
|Posted: 11/19/2012 4:51:50 PM|
We also use a 5 gal bucket. The bakery at grocery store gets their frosting in 5 gal buckets and many times they will give you one for free.
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Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 11/19/2012 4:57:51 PM|We use a 5 gallon bucket With a lid.
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Loc: In the Middle
|Posted: 11/19/2012 5:30:20 PM|
I found turkey baking bags at the grocery store today, and I may use one of them to brine the turkey. Otherwise I'll be using a brand new Homer bucket. Fortunately I have an extra refrigerator in the garage, and with the removal of one shelf and the adjustment of another, I should be able to fit that big bucket in the frig. Normally I would just leave it out in the garage, but temps are expected to go into the 50's here later in the week!
Loc: in the heart of the Emerald City
|Posted: 11/19/2012 5:34:15 PM|I'm going to remind/suggest that you make sure your brine is sufficiently cooled before pouring it into a bucket, bag or cooler (we use an old stockpot)
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Loc: Washington State
|Posted: 11/19/2012 5:41:09 PM|
We use a bag, but it's not Reynolds...I can't remember who makes it. We put our turkey in the bag in the veggie crisper drawer in our fridge. The bag is just there to keep the drawer clean, since I really don't want to deal with sanitizing it after the holidays. The drawer normally stores sodas or drinks.
Loc: Clinton Township, MI
|Posted: 11/19/2012 5:44:46 PM|
I use a Reynolds Turkey sized oven bag inside a Home Depot 5 gallon bucket. The bucket itself isn't food grade plastic, hence the bag inside the bucket.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 5:47:24 PM|
I always use a Reynolds turkey bag (the kind you use for baking the turkey in). They're big enough and they don't break easily. I put my turkey in and sit it in a pan (usually my roasting pan, or an aluminum roasting pan) and then pour the brine into the bag. Remove as much of the air, then twist the bag really good, as close to the bird as you can, then seal it with their tie.
This is exactly how I do it, but with the Reynolds Brining Bag.
I admit that it never occurred to me to brine in the Reynolds oven bag. Duh. It seems so obvious now.
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Loc: Beautiful New England
|Posted: 11/19/2012 5:52:52 PM|
We use a cooler to brine our turkey.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 5:57:00 PM|I got a 5 gallon food safe bucket from the restaurant supply store. I fill that with the turkey and brine, then place it in a big upright cooler and surround it with ice. We never have room in our fridge so I have done this the last 6 years and it works great
|Posted: 11/19/2012 7:50:06 PM|
I usually have a relatively small turkey, so I use the 2 gal. ziploc bags (either glad or ziploc brand, not sure). That way I can keep it in the refrigerator in the bottom bin. Turning it over is a real bear, tough. I try to turn it as much as the recipe recommends because there's usually not enough liquid to completely cover the turkey.
|Posted: 11/19/2012 8:14:02 PM|
Large ziplock - like the 2 gallon kind you can get from wal mart. Or the really really big ones depending on the size of your bird. I also have used a plastic bucket from Home Depot.
Loc: So. California
|Posted: 11/19/2012 8:24:44 PM|
Bed Bath and Beyond has the brining bags usually. I get mine during the Black Friday sale for next year.
Loc: Rite Aid
|Posted: 11/19/2012 8:35:49 PM|
The oven roasting bags come 2 to package. We use one to brine, one to cook.
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Loc: Central Florida
|Posted: 11/19/2012 9:42:10 PM|It just occurred to me that I gave away the big stock pot I use for brining my turkey - I don't know what I was thinking when I was on my last kitchen purge!!
I just checked, I found that my 14lb turkey will fit in a 2 gallon ziplock bag, so that will be my brining vessel this year
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Loc: Over the Rainbow
|Posted: 11/19/2012 10:25:39 PM|
About two weeks ago I brined a turkey. I couldn't find a brining bag either but here's what I ended up doing... I bought a turkey roasting bag and a box of extra large zip loc bags. I made the brine and put the turkey and the brine insde the turkey roasting bag. Then I closed it with a rubber band and tried to get all of the air out of the inner bag. I put all of that inside a large Zip Loc bag just so that it would prevent leaks. I put all of them inside a cooler and covered the turkey and bags with ice. I left the cooler in the garage for a full day and then pulled the turkey out of the brine just before I was ready to put it into the oven to bake. I was amazed at how much broth the brined turkey produced. lf It seemed the roasting pan was nearly half full of drippings byt he end of the baking period. There was so much I used only part of the drippings for the gravy and saved the rest (at least two quarts worth) for a base for soups and stews. Ultimately, no matter what you do, brining is the best. I didn't find my gravy made from the drippings too salty either.
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
|Posted: 11/20/2012 3:58:51 PM|
Ask in the meat department of your local grocery store. Ours let us have a bog plastic bag they usually put hams in.