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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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 11:39pm
I'm "prepared food" ignorant...I had NO IDEA that you could buy a brine!
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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 5:04pm
Honestly, I bought a premixed brine in a package last year - one of the "just add water" dry mixes. But it seemed similar to what you listed above. My bird was a frozen one, but it didn't turn out too salty at all.
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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 11-20-2010 - 2:52pm

Ree makes some interesting points about the saltiness; it makes me think that we might all have a different definition of "brine."

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Sat, 11-20-2010 - 11:00am

Oops, I just realized I put "turkies" in my original post instead of "turkeys" :smileysurprised: Anyhoo...I just saw this post from the Pioneer Woman about controlling saltiness if you do brine you turkey~

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/11/how-to-control-saltiness-after-brining/

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2000
Sat, 11-20-2010 - 10:37am

No, no plumbers in my past.


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
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
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 10:03pm

Brining is well worth it, in my opinion.

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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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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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