To brine or not to brine, that is the question.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
To brine or not to brine, that is the question.
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Thu, 11-18-2010 - 11:14am

A few of us here at iVillage have been talking brine and wondering if we should make the effort to brine our turkeys this year. Is it worth the time and potential mess? Or should we skip it and use another method? What are your brining experiences?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2010
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 11:58am

I would love some advice on this! I was reading about Alton Brown's turkey recipe and he was singing the praises of brining... but then in Real Simple they skip it. My fear: How do I keep the bird cool while I'm brining? I KNOW a bucket won't fit in my fridge, and we don't have an enclosed porch or anything. The basement is too warm... How do people actually pull this off?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-2010
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 11:58am

I don't have room in my refrigerator for the tub! One year I bought the tub and supplies, but then realized my refrigerator shelves wouldn't adjust to allow the budget to fit in there. I live in a warm climate, so I don't have a chilly outdoor area to store the turkey in.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-13-2010
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 11:59am

I mean, the TURKEY. Not the budget. Where is my head?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-22-2001
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 2:23pm

I read somewhere, and for the life of me I dont know where, that you shouldnt brine a thawed frozen (does that make sense) turkey, that it should be a fresh one.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 4:09pm

I'm leaning about 80% towards not brining this year. I did it last year and the turkey was SO good, but it was a huge ordeal. Like others have said, the bucket wouldn't fit in my fridge. We ended up putting the turkey and brine in a huge ziplock type bag and into the fridge for overnight storage. During the day though, I let it sit in a storage tub filled with cold water (still in the brine bag though). We changed the tub water every hour so the bird would stay cool. While it was good, I'm not sure it was worth the effort.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-22-2001
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 5:32pm
Oh my, yeah that sounds like a HUGE hassle! I guess we are lucky that the bucket fit in our fridge! You could always stick it in the bag again and then pack it in a (large) cooler of ice, but buying ice could get expensive, unless you have a good ice maker in your fridge.

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 10:03pm

Brining is well worth it, in my opinion.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2000
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 11:35pm
k_roni wrote:

"If you are like me and have the good fortune to date a plumber, that extra American Standard 3 1/2 gallon toilet in the shed makes a GREAT turkey brining device...OH, never mind; I could never make it sound right!


Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 11-19-2010 - 12:25am
I guess you have never dated a plumber.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2000
Sat, 11-20-2010 - 10:37am

No, no plumbers in my past.


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