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Made my brine in an aluminum pot and immediately transferred it to my ice chest. Any health hazards here? Plan on putting my turkey in Monday - could start over today if advised to do so.
 
Posts: 11 | Location: Baton Rouge, La. | Registered: June 03, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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A good question! If you transferred it immediately, there's no problem. I use a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a lid that pickles came in. Works great! Wink
 
Posts: 954 | Location: Moose Pass, Alaska | Registered: March 28, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I never use metal to bine my turkey in. Only made the brine in the pot. I brine my turkey in a plastic Igloo. Question is will the brine made in the metal effect the bird?
 
Posts: 11 | Location: Baton Rouge, La. | Registered: June 03, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Could only take a guess at whether or not the brine is "damaged". However, once will not be harmful for you. As a general rule though, never use aluminum to cook in. It has been associated with many of the nervous system type disorders people get as they age.

Westy
 
Posts: 24 | Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico | Registered: November 07, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Never put brine in a metal pan. It needs to be "non-reactive". The brine solution will interact with the metal and do funky things to the pot. I don't know if it's bad for the item brining, but I know it's bad for the pot.

I use, plastic (like Andy) or ceramic or glass, but never metal.

Smokin'
 
Posts: 14402 | Location: Oklahoma City, OK, USA | Registered: January 25, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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hey, smokin: Not even a stainless steel pot? I thought that they were non reactive... but aluminum was a no-no.
 
Posts: 631 | Location: Tarrytown, NY | Registered: March 02, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Use of stainless steel for brining is as good as glass and plastic. You can't go wrong with plastic and glass as they are insulators and do not react chemically with the brine solution. Seasoned stainless steel will release extremely small traces of Iron, Chromium and Nickel (Cr & Ni will be much less than the Fe). Aluminium is not recommended for much of anything in the kitchen outside it makes a great foil..., mixing a brine in it is OK as long as the meat is not brined in the aluminium container. My background in professional kitchens makes me lean toward stainless due to its' ability to take an amazing amount of abuse and still remain functional..., good stainless steel will most likely outlast most of us making it a good long term investment.
I would avoid glass in a commercial environment simply because it can be dropped and broken..., this is not a worry with plastic and stainless. In summary; if you can't afford stainless go with plastic!
 
Posts: 12 | Location: Bear Flag Republic | Registered: December 25, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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thanks for that... in general, what about these annodized aluminim pots and pans... like calphalon and magnalite? safe for cooking?
 
Posts: 631 | Location: Tarrytown, NY | Registered: March 02, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The key is the inside of the pot. Most of the ones you mentioned come "lined" with a coating (to protect from the straight aluminum).
 
Posts: 14402 | Location: Oklahoma City, OK, USA | Registered: January 25, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The first time I brined I was very careful with the pot I chose, then stupid me used an aluminum rack that I had to keep the meat submerged. This did not go over very well! You could actually see where it was reacting with the aluminum.
 
Posts: 14 | Location: Lowell, MA, USA | Registered: October 05, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Don't know if I would have admitted to that one, Hoodsie! Use a gallon zip-lock filled with brine to weight down your product! Big Grin
 
Posts: 954 | Location: Moose Pass, Alaska | Registered: March 28, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Some things should probably stay a secret! Thanks for the tip! Big Grin
 
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