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Purpose of brining a turkey?

chef jimmyj

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Brine that bird!  It will be very juicy and full of flavor, I highly recommend it.  I have been brining for years - turkey, chicken, salmon, tenderloin - the difference is amazing.  I found a great container this year, The Briner, something new and you should check it out.  I bought it on line, and it worked like a charm.  Handled our 23 lb Thanksgiving Turkey with room to spare, and I didn't need a heavy bowl to weigh the bird down.  This thing is pretty slick.  Will grab some photo's of my next round of beer can chickens after I stuff a few of them in The Briner first.

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$40 plus shipping is pretty stiff for a plastic Bucket...The local Grocery store Bakeries...Give Buckets away and a Zip top bag of water or brine will keep the meat submerged...$40 bucks buys a lot of Turkeys or Chickens!!!!....Better in the Smoker than in a Bucket...JJ
 

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$40 plus shipping is pretty stiff for a plastic Bucket...The local Grocery store Bakeries...Give Buckets away and a Zip top bag of water or brine will keep the meat submerged...$40 bucks buys a lot of Turkeys or Chickens!!!!....Better in the Smoker than in a Bucket...JJ
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What they need to make is a vacuum bucket so you could use vacuum to brine or marinate a large turkey. I would buy one immediately.
 

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I wonder if a food grade bucket with the lid snapped on would hold a vacuum? You could probably jury rig one of the vacuum jar fittings from one of the food sealer packages and use the hose to draw a vacuum. (Dremel tool and JB weld comes to mind) Might be a fun project. I wonder what the difference in brining time/effectiveness would be?
 

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I wonder if a food grade bucket with the lid snapped on would hold a vacuum? You could probably jury rig one of the vacuum jar fittings from one of the food sealer packages and use the hose to draw a vacuum. (Dremel tool and JB weld comes to mind) Might be a fun project. I wonder what the difference in brining time/effectiveness would be?

It would probably suck the sides of the bucket together. The foodsaver really pulls a lot of vacuum. It makes a huge difference in time. It's like 30 minutes in a vacuum is like 3 hours without.
 

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I use a doubled plastic garbage bag and a cooler of ice for a couple of days. Turn the bird twice a day.
 

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