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Plaid Palace 01-20-2013 08:58 PM

What do you place your meat in for brining?
This isn't a topic about how to brine, or what brine to use but a topic of what do you put your meat in when you brine? And what not to place your meat in when you brine?

Before I used an aluminum bucket that would be use to hold champagne or beer on ice. Would this be ok to us for future brines?

JohnHB 01-20-2013 09:04 PM

I wouldn't use aluminium. For me stainless steel or appropriate plastic is better. You could place a big plastic bag in your aluminium bucket.

Plaid Palace 01-20-2013 09:06 PM


Originally Posted by JohnHB (Post 2335685)
I wouldn't use aluminium. For me stainless steel or appropriate plastic is better. You could place a big plastic bag in your aluminium bucket.

thought someone might say this. what about placing it in a garbage bag into the aluminum bucket?

BTW, the bucket doesn't say it is aluminum I am just assuming since it was 10 bucks at Target.

colonel00 01-20-2013 09:08 PM

I have always heard to not use metal containers and I have just gone with that. I can't argue for or against it. I just trusted those that were saying it. Personally, If I am doing a big batch, I have a large 4 gallon plastic container with a lid I picked up from Restaurant Depot. I have also seen suitable things at Sam's. Some people will just use coolers that have been well cleaned and bleached. I have also seen people use smaller things like bus tubs or just large leftover storage containers.

MS2SB 01-20-2013 09:09 PM

I use a standard 5-gallon bucket. Or a small igloo cooler. Seems that a plastic bag inside of the bucket you currently use would work just fine.

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code3rrt 01-20-2013 09:09 PM

My cooks are mostly small enough that I just use zip lock bags, for the bigger stuff such as whole chickens I use a small ice chest(plastic).

Kenbo 01-20-2013 09:12 PM

I use my Igloo cooler, washed well before and after. I add the meat, pour in brine and fill with ice. Still plent of ice 24 hours later.

woodbutcher1 01-20-2013 09:49 PM

I use and have several different gallon size Food Grade buckets with lids.

SirBBQ 01-20-2013 09:52 PM

When doing turkeys I use a 5 gallon bucket...put in my brine...bag of ice and the November it can properly sit overnight here in KY without any issue...

SirBBQ 01-20-2013 09:53 PM

BTW: make sure you use food grade type containers/bags...a trash bag is not food grade most likely...

Bludawg 01-20-2013 11:44 PM

I use a ZIP bag for small stuff like chicken if I have allot or something big it's the Igloo cooler. If you have a spare fridge with room a Homer bucket is a good choice.

martyleach 01-20-2013 11:48 PM

I use a stainless bigggg stainless steel bowl or a turkey bag (plastic).

Militant83 01-20-2013 11:56 PM

Anything the meat will fit in.... Eventually i want to get various sizes of cambro food storage containers.

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sethga 01-21-2013 12:05 AM

^Cambro FTW.. I have a 2 gallon one. If I need to, I bust out food grade buckets from the homebrew collection..

gettinbasted 01-21-2013 12:10 AM

^^ cambro containers are the best

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