The water my brining and defrosting 20 lb turkey was 41 - 47 degrees for an hour. Am I going to kill everyone?

It's a 21 pound free-range, no preservatives or antibiotics (ever) turkey. The brine is vinegar based and the temperature is back down to 38 degrees.

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HELEN BOTTUM
HELEN BOTTUM November 21, 2018

The turkey is in a roasting bag with the brine and the bag is in water.
Thank you!

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Chrissie Gruebel
Chrissie Gruebel November 21, 2018

Hi Helen,
You'll be totally fine. Just make sure to keep an eye on the temp for the rest of the brining process and cook the turkey to 165 degrees F. You won't kill anyone! ; ) Hope this helps.

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HELEN BOTTUM
HELEN BOTTUM November 21, 2018

Thank you so much!

Sarah Stacpoole
Sarah Stacpoole November 21, 2018

I have no answer, but I really appreciate that you put "death" as a tag in this post. I needed that laugh, and have been in moments of similar desperation/questionable health outcomes. Good luck!

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