Turkey Brining Bags
Published November 1, 2006. From Cook's Illustrated
Brining a turkey is a great way to ensure a moist, fully seasoned bird, but where do you put a 5-gallon bucket when the refrigerator is already stuffed to the gills with holiday foods? A turkey brining bag seemed like a nice idea; it should be a lot easier to make room for a flexible container that isn't much bigger than the turkey. Unfortunately, the brining bags we tried were fraught with problems-slippery, floppy, and tough to fill with turkey and brine.
Although designed for storing sweaters and pillows, Ziploc Big Bags XL ($5.79 for four) are foodsafe and, at 2 feet by 1.7 feet, they're the perfect size for turkey brining. In addition, the flat bottom keeps the bag steady during filling, and a handle provides a tighter grip on the slippery plastic. They're available at www.drugstore.com.