brining a turkey and it started to freeze

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by chris thornburg, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. 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
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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

  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.
  4. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

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

  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You nailed this one Raptor...JJ
  6. 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 .
  7. 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
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    24 hours is fine.

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