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brining a turkey and it started to freeze

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what should I do? Is this a problem? I made up 3 gallons slaughterhouse brine at 8 last night put the turkey in it in a turkey bag and in a bucket. put that in the fridge in the garage that has been turned off. turned on the fridge then went to bed.When I got home from work i checked it and it was frozen around the outside about 1 inch and a slight layer starting over the top.Does brine still work at that temp below 32. should i brine it longer

post #2 of 8

I believe the brine works in the 35º -  40º range the best. Some one with more knowledge on the subject can help on this.

 

But the bird is fine, just brine as long as possible

 

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post #3 of 8

My guess is you will be fine with a simple brine.

 

If you were curing, those temps would slow and eventually stop the curing process.

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #4 of 8

I see no need to refrigerate..... just keep in a cool place and add some ice to the brine. is the turkey fully thawed?

 

joe

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Originally Posted by raptor700 View Post

I believe the brine works in the 35º -  40º range the best. Some one with more knowledge on the subject can help on this.

 

But the bird is fine, just brine as long as possible

 

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You nailed this one Raptor...JJ

 

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Originally Posted by boykjo View Post

I see no need to refrigerate..... just keep in a cool place and add some ice to the brine. is the turkey fully thawed?

 

joe



It was fully thawed. I used all the ice i had to cool down the hot brine.Figured the fridge would be OK but guess not .

 

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by raptor700 View Post

I believe the brine works in the 35º -  40º range the best. Some one with more knowledge on the subject can help on this.

 

But the bird is fine, just brine as long as possible

 

       goodluck.gif



so how long should I let it brine? I was going to go 24 hours but i don't know how long it was between 35-40

 

post #8 of 8

24 hours is fine.

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