De-Brining a Self Basting Turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by marsmulligan, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. I have a 13# Turkey packed in 8% solution. I would like to use my own brine. Is it possible to de-brine the factory juice by soaking in water only (in the refriger)?

    I would think that if the salt gradient is greater in the meat that the salt would flow out to the bucket of water. Then I could throw the bird in my brine for X amount of time.

    Has anybody tried this or am I all wet?


  2. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    You cannot de-brine a turkey. You can still brine it though, just use a low salt version of your brine recipe. I'd add oranges, lemon, fresh thyme, basil and rosemary with cracked pepper.
  3. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd have to say that you'll never get rid of all the solution that it came with. Much like soaking a Corned Beef Brisket, I'd imagine that you might get rid of part of it.

    ***Disclaimer***I've never tried this!
    Maybe give it a cold, fresh water soak for 3-4 hours and see if you can leach some of that soultion out of that bird. Then make a low/no salt brine solution made up of water, sugar and a combo of your favorite flavors or spices and let that soak for maybe another 4-8 hours.

    Option 2
    Find an fresh, never frozen bird that has not been processed with the soultion.

    Good luck. Let us know what you decide to do...with qview
  4. Thanks for the input guys. Dude - I think I will give it a try. I usually get fresh birds, this one just feel in my lap (so to speak).

    Thanks again.

  5. evo 9 guy

    evo 9 guy Smoke Blower

    Osmosis will try to equalize the salt content in both the bird and the water. With that said, the salt will in fact flow out of the bird, but only until the water surrounding the bird is at the same salt content. If you are still not satisfied with the salt level in the bird you will have to change the water and soak again.

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  6. Evo - that was my line of thinking as well. I am going to put it to the test.

    Thanks for the info
  7. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Please let us know how it worked out. I got a feeling that sodium nitrate is in the bird for good.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'mlike the dude here I have never done this but if you soak it again in some more seasoned water in theory shouldn't it push the other existing brine out and kind of change places with it or should I just go back under my porch.[​IMG]
  9. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What are the ingredients listed for the 8% solution?
  10. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    once the sodium nitrate (peru saltpeter) gets in the bird, it gets into the meat and it is pretty much there to stay.

    but dont sweat it. i have smoked several birds with it in there. just smoke it like normal. you wont even know that it is there.

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