I sure hope whatever I've got isn't contageous; I wouldn't want anyone else to feel as dumb as I do right now. lol
The key words that finally hammered it's way into my skull were "canning pot...wifes canners" duh!
I've been growing my own veggies for a couple of dozen years now; giving my surplus to the churches who come by my house weekly; and about 8 years ago took up the "manly" art of canning my home grown veggies.....and I couldn't think of a pot large enuff to hold a 20 pound bird. Scheesh! My big canning pot I bet would hold two of the 20 pound birds or close to it, and I couldn't think of what pot could be that big. Man if my kids ever knew this they would take away my car keys, my guns, and wouldn't allow me to boil water.
Now did I read somewhere that I should NOT use an aluminum pot for Brine; something about it reacting badly with Aluminum???
Is Stainless Steel ok for that purpose?
While I'm talking Brine, For my beef Jerky I used what used to be called Luhr Jensen and is now called SmokeHouse packaged Brine; followed the directions exactly; used the entire package that will do 15 pounds, and I used it on 5 pounds, so if anything it should have been strong with a capital S and it was like eating cardboard; no flavor whatsoever! None!
Oh yea this is an edit; I forgot to mention this was in the Fridge in the brine and well covered in Brine in excess of 12 hours; so once again it should have had a strong flavoring; and NADA!
I didn't experiment in any way but followed the directions to a Tee; and there was no flavor or taste. The Brine was still packaged in a plastic sealed envelope of sorts, but the seal was good prior to my using it. I made sure of that because the Brine was about 5 or 6 years old. But I emphasize the seal was good and that stuff should have remained good for ten times 5 years as long as the seal on the package was good....RIGHT??
I have never used those products before; is that typical of store bought brine? Just flat and no flavor??
Any thoughts on this store bought brine??
I'm sure glad it was just round steak and not any kind of Game that I busted my rear end getting and caring for.
Thanks for your advice and help Josie and Chad.