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Brining Pot

Getting ready to brine a turkey for the weekend. Is an aluminum pot used for deep frying ok to brine in or is it a reactive metal? I could just put a garbage bag in it but if I don't have to I'd rather not! Thanks for the info!!


  • eggoreggor Posts: 777
    Brunomax,[p]definatley bag it

  • eggor,[p]From Wednesday's Washington Post Food Section and a link to other Thanksgiving dishes and hints[p]Wednesday, November 17, 2004; Page F03 [p]In our opinion, brining a Thanksgiving turkey is worth the hassle. And the hassle includes finding a leak-proof, sturdy, food-safe, brining bag (not a trash bag, please!) into which you can pour the liquid, add the turkey and park the whole thing in the refrigerator overnight, turning occasionally. [p]For this singular task Williams-Sonoma has created a bag about the dimensions of a king-size pillow with a safe-looking double seal. Each bag can hold a turkey as large as 23 pounds. Cautious types may still want to put the bag in a roasting pan in the fridge to ensure that brining liquid doesn't spill all over the place. [p]Set of two turkey brining bags, $10; available at Williams-Sonoma stores.

  • eggoreggor Posts: 777
    Sandlapper,[p]well a clean trash bag or even one that has been used a little is probably cleaner than most of the coolers that the rest of us will use.[p]Scott
  • eggor,[p]Like I said a while back I use an unused white pickle bucket..aka drywall mud bucket
  • Sandlapper, this post should win the "most important food and safety" award for the forum in the 2004 Thanksgiving season. Thanks

  • Chet,[p]Your welcome Chet.....Thanks for the recognition.

  • eggoreggor Posts: 777
    Sandlapper,[p]probably be cheaper to get those 5 dollar bags than replace the pickle bucket every time you want to brine a bird. just pokin at you, i know what you mean.[p]Scott

  • eggor,[p]That's a good point Bubba....The local restaurant supply house sells a jug of sanitizing tablets for about $15....I use those for just about everything these days....speaking of brining last night Emril said to place the bird in a bag and let sit in a cold oven for 24 hours....I found that to be odd and assume he meant the fridge...
  • eggoreggor Posts: 777
    Sandlapper,[p]see, i knew you were holdin out. by the way i am creating my own little tip's book on turkey, and sanitizing the brine bucket just got added.[p]Scott

  • eggor,[p]LOL

  • Sandlapper,
    what about putting the turkey in an aliuminum pan,
    put cheasecloth , soaked in brine around it overnight.
    Would that work.?

  • Re: Brining. Would putting the turkey in an aluminum pan
    with cheasecloth soaked in brine and wrapped around bird overnight
    in fridge work?

  • yaByaB Posts: 137
    Rita the photographer,
    It's not good to use aluminum for brining. Aluminum is "reactive", unlike glass, some plastics and most stainless steel. The mixture of additives in a brining solution will probably corrode aluminum, with the chemical reaction creating stuff that you shouldn't ingest.[p]The process of brining requires that the meat be fully in contact with the brining liquid for some period of time. Simply wrapping the meat in a cloth that has been soaked with a brining solution won't have much, if any effect.[p]Bob

  • yaB,...Rita..[p]There are far more qualified folks than me on this forum who can better speak to brining experiences...However, what yab says make a lot of sense....and is accurate
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