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motoeric 03-26-2013 03:41 PM

Brining Bags

Does anyone have any suggestions for a place to purchase brining bags?

I need a HUGE one (24lb fresh ham) to do some curing.



CYvilEng 03-26-2013 03:46 PM

For something that size I'd use a food grade bucket. I just got done brining a 30lb ham and it barely fit in a 5 gallon bucket. I would worry about the bag ripping.

luke duke 03-26-2013 03:50 PM

Just brine it in a cooler.

HankB 03-26-2013 04:01 PM

Reynolds turkey roasting bags.

4 x 8 lb chickens and 2 gallons of brine:

Just BS 03-26-2013 04:04 PM

5 gallon food grade buck w/lid cost $12 at SmartnFinal.

Big George's BBQ 03-26-2013 04:26 PM

I got food grade buckets from a local grocery store It used to have frosting The buckets held a 20lb turkey Costco meat and fish dept has large bags to put your purchase in you can use that and putit a sturdier container Gore uses then to cure Salmon

cholloway 03-26-2013 04:56 PM


Originally Posted by luke duke (Post 2424331)
Just brine it in a cooler.

That's what I'd use. It'd take less ice to keep it cool.

Stingerhook 03-26-2013 05:12 PM

I would use the biggest pot I have. 30 qt holds just about annything.

smokinrack 03-26-2013 05:26 PM

Double bag it in unscented garbage bags and put it in a bucket, probably the cheapest way

IamMadMan 03-26-2013 05:49 PM

Hams and Turkeys can be done in a Reynolds Brining Bag, they can be found around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, but I am sure some stores carry them for the whole year. These can be set in a 5 gallon bucket or a heavy duty roasting pan to keep the bag supported.

I use Meat Tubs with Liners. The Tubs fit into my BBQ refrigerator and the liners make clean-up a breeze. You can easily brine 30 - 40 lb in a single tub.
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Meat tubs

Meat tub liners

Other than specifically for ham / turkeys, Brining bags / equipment is subjective to your volume..

I only use food grade items, some do not, it's a personal issue with me.

Small amounts to be brined can be done in doubled ziplock bags, vac-sealed bags, or vacuum containers.

Larger amounts some people use Stainless Steel Steam Table (hotel) pans with food liners made for them.

Some people use 5 gal food grade buckets or stainless steel stock pots as posted above. Food grade buckets can be bought from a home brewing store, or some restaurants / schools that buy pickles in them are happy to give them away.

motoeric 03-26-2013 06:44 PM

I called Ziplock and their Big Bags brand are food safe. That's the bags that they advertise for storing things like clothing or blankets.

I have another call in to them regarding their totes, which should be large enough to hold pretty much anything.

Thanks for all the replies!


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