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Brine container?

What do people use to brine their birds? I went by bed bath and beyond and they didn't have anything.
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  • rsmith193rsmith193 Posts: 219
    You can use any food grade bucket. Go to McDonald's and ask about getting a pickle bucket. Clean it out and now you have what it take to do anything.
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,882
    edited August 2013
    Assuming you mean big birds like turkeys and not just yard birds I use this big Igloo. I place the bird is a large plastic bag, fill it with my brine solution, tie it off and then into the Igloo. Then I pour in cold water and top off with ice, thus suspending the bird in the bag in this envelop of cold water.. I then place a probe inside to keep track of the water temperature from outside the tightly sealed Igloo. Some of my favorite brine recipes go 2 to 3 days.

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    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368
    Hmm. Both very logical ideas. I was particularly wanting one of the big opaque colored ones with the gallon markings on the side.
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  • rsmith193rsmith193 Posts: 219
    rholt said:

    Hmm. Both very logical ideas. I was particularly wanting one of the big opaque colored ones with the qgallon markings on the side.

    Restaurant Depot has what you are looking for. If you have a Costco commercial they have them too.

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  • I just use a 3 gallon or 5 gallon plastic bucket. The buckets are used for brining only.
    I have also used 12 quart polycarbonate tubs that I use for mixing dough, but those are much more expensive.
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  • RLeeperRLeeper Posts: 480
    +1 on the igloo cooler
    Extra Large, Large, and Mini. Tucker, GA
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,882
    RLeeper said:
    +1 on the igloo cooler

    Thanks...BTW I have brined a 24 pound bird this way. The cooler just works better for me since I never have enough space in my refrig to place a 5 gallon bucket.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • For smaller birds/roasters I use one of these almost weekly. Fits 1gal of brine and 1 spatchcocked bird almost perfectly. 
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    Madison, CT
    LBGE June 2013. 

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  • cajunduckcajunduck Posts: 203
    I use a huge glass bowl, and two Spatchcock chickens will fit in it. Easy to clean and fits on one of the icebox shelves perfectly.
    Geaux Tigers!! West Monroe, Louisiana
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  • Ooops, I posted the 5qt picture. I use the 10qt version. 
    Madison, CT
    LBGE June 2013. 

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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,222
    A clean bucket.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • NsdexterNsdexter Posts: 135
    Kitchen supply stores usually carry them, or you can easily order them online.
    HFX NS
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  • I bought one of these 

    www.thebriner.com

    John - SLC, UT

     Webers, Eggs, Bubba Keg, Smokin-It #3

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  • A clean bucket.

    +1
    I just picked one up @ home depot for $6... Specially made for food. You can't go wrong with that price - more $$ for meat for the Egg :)
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  • rsmith193rsmith193 Posts: 219
    I caution all to use only food grade 5gl buckets. Nonfood grade will give off some rather unhealthy toxins.
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  • Agreed with approved food containers.
    This what I bought.

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  • NsdexterNsdexter Posts: 135
    You get that type of thing at most homebrew stores just make sure they have a gasket under the lid
    HFX NS
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,253
    i use the big blue stock pots or tamale pots they sell at walmart.  In my smaller one I can do like 2-3 chickens or about a 12-15 pound turkey.  plus I can use it for stocks and chilli.  The large one is good for a couple of butts, large birds etc.
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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    edited August 2013
    I like the igloo since your can poor yourself a tall glass of brine when you get thirsty prepping other food items.
    Dunedin, FL
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,882
    yzzi said:
    I like the igloo since your can poor yourself a tall glass of brine when you get thirsty prepping other food items.
    ??? If you were to open the spigot on it what you would draw off is clear ice water since the brine is in the sealed bag with the turkey. The water surrounding the submerged bag just keeps the brine and bird at a safe cool temperature.
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368
    Thanks a lot Trini. To Home Depot I go.
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