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Brining a bird for turkey dinner for the neighbors

walruseggerwalrusegger Posts: 314
edited 12:39AM in EggHead Forum


  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    I hope that's not just a regular garbage bag...
  • um...why?
  • Trash bags are not food grade plastic, according to the USDA chemicals can make their way into the food from the bags.
  • Go to local bakery or bakery dept at your grocery store and ask for a plastic icing bucket. The two stores I deal with give them away. I think it is a 6 gal bucket.
    I brined a 24 lb turkey in my bucket for Thanksgiving. Bucket was full, but it worked
  • Hmm, interesting. I never gave it much thought. Now that I'm aware of this issue I did a bit of amateur research. Seems there are whole lot of folks out there using regular kitchen trash bags like I currently am who have never had an issue. Also, some reputable folks suggesting you use them to line a 5 gallon bucket (like in my case). I feel even more confident that there will be no adverse affects since a government agency warns against it. Seems like a bit of hypersensitivity to me. If nobody hears from me in a week, raffle off my egg and donate the proceeds to a good cause.
  • As long as your using a quality bag I'm sure you will be fine, I use a smaller Gatorade style sports cooler stays easy to use and has the spout for draining.
  • My trash bag brined chemical infused bird after the first hour and first baste. Breast is at 75 and the thigh at 80, indirect set up just above 300 temp.

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