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Old 09-25-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Good Brining Container...

I'm looking for a good brining container for chicken and turkey. I've never done this before, so I'm looking for some suggestions. I was looking at this Coleman 28qt. Marine cooler...
Would this work? By the way, I don't have room in my fridge, that's why the cooler will have to do.
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:00 PM   #2
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I use a water cooler, just right for a 16 lb. turkey!

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Old 09-25-2010, 09:06 PM   #3
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I would put the turkey in a roasting bag with the brine ( get all of the air out of the bag ) .
Then put it in the cooler with ice ......
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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It would work fine. I would get those 2 gallon ziploc bags, or something appropriate for the size of the bird, then you could just pack ice around it to keep it at a proper temperature. When you are done you won't have much clean up to do. :)
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:14 AM   #5
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I am using some old cooler I found in my basement that we've had forever. Must be about 10 or 12 quarts or something because it holds two whole chickens and a gallon of brine perfectly. I is small though, so I actually put the cooler in the fridge. Much easier to handle than a pot imo. That water cooler up above looks pretty handy too.
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:40 AM   #6
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I just use a 5 gal bucket w/ cover.
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:52 AM   #7
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I have a 20 litre food grade polypropylene bucket, and I put this in my shed fridge with all the shelves removed... Works awesome!

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Old 09-26-2010, 07:51 AM   #8
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igloo cube cooler, idk what size but it's about 20x20 internal, or the trusty orange bucket from home depot and plenty of ice
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:24 AM   #9
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I find that it's best to use the smallest container that'll get the job done. Small n squatty sized containers mean you won't have to make as much brine. A bathtub would work, but then you'd need 10+ gallons of brine.

I like using ziploc bags, but sometimes they aren't large enough.

I have a nice container that fits inside my fridge and fits inside my cooler (makes cleanup a lot easier if I don't have to put the raw bird in my cooler).
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:29 AM   #10
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A cambro or carlisle flipped up on end works good for whole turkeys. They are well insulated and will keep the bird from entering the danger zone as long as you keep the brine iced down. I don't know how safe a cooler or 5 gallon bucket is since they aren't food grade plastic/NSF rated.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:46 AM   #11
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I use a water jug like J2
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:58 AM   #12
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5 Gallon water cooler for chickens and turkey.Still have room to put a 10 lb.bag of ice on top to weigh it down.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:00 AM   #13
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5 gal paint bucket from home depot (the red one works better than the white) cost is about $3 w/lid.... just add ice.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:20 AM   #14
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I use a small ice chest to hold the brine and for the ice I freeze plastic containers full of water so the ice won't dilute the brine.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:24 AM   #15
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I use Zip locks up to the 2.5 gal size as needed.
Into a cooler with a bag of ice and I am good to go.
Uses the least amout on brine of any method I have tried.

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