Plastic for Dry-Brined Turkey

Ooops I started dry-brining the turkey in a new plastic trash bag (unable to find a 2 1/2 gallon ziplock bag) and just now read the concerns about using non- food grade plastic for such an endeavor. Since we are having Thanksgiving on Friday should I go out in search of a better bag and repackage it or will that ruin the whole thing?

  • Posted by: wssmom
  • November 22, 2011
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boulangere
boulangere November 22, 2011

I'd go in search, repackage, and not worry any further.

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Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs November 22, 2011

I agree with boulangere!

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wssmom
wssmom November 22, 2011

Thanks so much, boulangere and Merrill!! I am off (again) to the market ....

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boulangere
boulangere November 22, 2011

I'm doing a lot of againing these days, too.

drbabs
drbabs November 22, 2011

Ugh, I guess I have to do that, too. wssmom, let me know where you found the bags.

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drbabs
drbabs November 22, 2011

found them at Waldbaum's

drbabs
drbabs November 22, 2011

And the bad news. My 18 pound turkey is way too big for a 2.5 gallon ziploc bag. So I'm going to have to take my chances on the plastic kitchen bag!

amysarah
amysarah November 22, 2011

Just remembered something. I have used a 'Kitchen' (not 'Trash') bag before to marinate a whole butterflied leg of lamb to put on the grill - in oo, lemon, garlic, rosemary, etc. Everyone lived to tell the tale. (Proviso: that was just an overnight marinating, not a 3 day poultry spa treatment.)

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames November 22, 2011

Did you see that Kristen answered a question on the Genius recipes page, saying that you can wrap it in layers of saran wrap and put it on a baking sheet? Not sure if that works (I'm thinking fridge space might be an issue here), but it may be more convenient than having to go shopping -- today -- for a huge plastic bag. ;o)

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drbabs November 22, 2011

Thanks--I already braved blinding rain at dusk and bought the bag but the turkey didn't fit! On another topic--it was so much fun hearing your interview on Leonard Lopate today!

Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore November 22, 2011

You could also try the plastic wrap idea that someone else suggested -- it'll be awkward to wrap (and you'll need to wrap it a lot), but what about maneuvering a turkey isn't awkward?

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drbabs November 22, 2011

I'm living dangerously. The turkey has already been in the bag since Sunday night. Note to self: next year buy a smaller turkey. (I don't like turkey anyway. Unlikely that I'll even eat much of it. I hope not to kill any of my guests.......)

wssmom
wssmom November 22, 2011

Lol drbabs I doubt anyone will perish ....

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melissav
melissav November 22, 2011

Oh no, I wrapped mine in a kitchen trash bag as well. Keeping my fingers crossed as it is too late now.

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drbabs
drbabs November 23, 2011

See you in prison.

mrslarkin
mrslarkin November 23, 2011

I think a clean unscented kitchen trash bag is fine. Just my two cents.

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drbabs
drbabs November 23, 2011

I did, too, until boulangere wrote about chemicals to help plastic bags degrade.

artsf
artsf November 23, 2011

is there something wrong with plastic wrap?

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artsf
artsf November 23, 2011

is there something wrong with plastic wrap?

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drbabs
drbabs November 23, 2011

Probably not, except for now that my turkey has been dry brining in a plastic bag for 2 days, I really didn't want to take on the challenge of removing a wet slippery 18 pound turkey from a plastic bag and trying to wrap it in layers of plastic wrap. So I decided to take my chances.

amysarah
amysarah November 23, 2011

I mentioned this in another thread, but I've marinated (overnight) large pieces of meat in white kitchen bags several times before - e.g., butterflied leg of lamb. No problem. I'm not worried either.

More concerned about the usual: timing turkey right for guests arriving; being a lousy carver; gravy getting too hot and thinning down; rolls drying out when being rewarmed; fitting everyone around the table...

Wait, this is fun, right? (I kid. After a certain point - or maybe it's that pre-game Manhattan - I get very Doris Day about it all. Que sera, sera....)

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