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I'm thinking of brining the turkey this year, what sort of sized bucket do I need?

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quietbatperson Sun 23-Nov-14 15:05:55

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70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 23-Nov-14 15:45:33

Nigella uses 6 litres of water for a 5.5kg turkey.

What sized turkey are you planning? (I think most buckets are fairly standard sized - or buy a trug? IIRC they're cheaper and they're shallower so you can sit the turkey flat and not have any poking above the water level)

quietbatperson Sun 23-Nov-14 16:00:03

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LucasNorthsTwiglets Sun 23-Nov-14 16:02:26

I don't think the amount of brine is crucial, the turkey just has to be covered in it. so just get a bucket that fits your turkey with several inches left at the top.

HolgerDanske Sun 23-Nov-14 16:03:26

We tried nigella's brining recipe a couple years ago and we all hated it. Both the flavour and the texture of the meat were horrible in our collective opinion. Thankfully we'd done it as a trial run for thanksgiving so we were able to just do the traditional proper roast for the actual Christmas dinner.

A lot of people seem to think it's brilliant, though, so I guess you could give it a go. But due to our experience if I'd suggest a trial run.

We just used a clean plastic bucket that we'd bought specifically for the purpose. That would depend on the size of your turkey.

quietbatperson Sun 23-Nov-14 16:19:03

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LucasNorthsTwiglets Sun 23-Nov-14 16:22:44

I thought it was lovely. It's definitely a different taste to normal turkey though and it has the disadvantage of not being able to use the liquid that comes from it as it's too salty.

CrockedPot Sun 23-Nov-14 16:23:15

It's fantastic, I've been using that method for a few years now and wouldn't do it any other way, I use my old baby bath, and keep it in the pantry (which is fridge cold)

quietbatperson Sun 23-Nov-14 16:31:07

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HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Sun 23-Nov-14 17:22:46

I use one of the big sizes of this one from Ikea:

StuntNun Sun 23-Nov-14 17:34:28

I put the turkey in the cool box to brine it, then just had to wash the cool box out thoroughly afterwards.

LittleBearPad Sun 23-Nov-14 17:43:18

It's lovely and I eoukdnt do otherwise now.

I usually buy a big standard mop bucket sized bucket from the supermarket for a turkey. It gets put in the boot of the car overnight as there's no way it would fit in the fridge.

LucasNorthsTwiglets Mon 24-Nov-14 08:21:41

Batperson (love your name!) yes, the juices from the turkey are too salty to use. You can use a bit (I think Nigella says 2 or 3 tbsps?) but you can't use it all. That's the only drawback for me as I really like the taste of the brined turkey.

quietbatperson Mon 24-Nov-14 14:34:04

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IHaveBrilloHair Mon 24-Nov-14 14:39:28

I'm doing it for Thanksgiving this week, so I'll let you know what we think, we love brined fried chicken though.

quietbatperson Wed 26-Nov-14 18:40:13

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DilysMoon Wed 26-Nov-14 18:43:41

I brined for the first time last year as per Nigella and had high hopes. We were all disappointed though, couldn't tell the difference.

StuntNun Wed 26-Nov-14 19:33:05

I make the stock for the gravy from the giblets as per Delia Smith. Much easier all round as you can make it earlier on in the process.

LadyintheRadiator Wed 26-Nov-14 19:35:40

I bought a big plastic box with a lid...which now houses lego smile

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