Best Containers For Brining Turkey

Brining a turkey is the best way to ensure that your bird turns out juicy and flavorful. But how do you go about brining a turkey? The first step is finding a vessel to hold your turkey and brine liquid.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite containers for brining turkey, from inexpensive options to splurges.

List of 6 Best Containers For Brining Turkey

#1: Tiger Chef Food Storage Containers

Butter. Cream. Sweet, sweet butterscotch goodness. The Tiger Chef Containers use a proprietary material developed by the creators of a highly-recommended butterscotch sauce that is food-grade certified. Their visibility and durability of them make them ideal for storing and moving butter or any other food which needs to retain its freshness.

The measurements are on the side of each container, which is clear and easy to see when it is stacked with other containers. The entire set of pop-up containers and lids is made from translucent polycarbonate, which is durable and resistant to stains and odors. The base is constructed from a base of polypropylene and the lid of butyl rubber. The pop-up feature that avoids the need for a traditional box makes these containers ideal for pantries, coolers, cake stands, countertops, fridges, or even as part of an office lunch menu or catering package.

What we liked:

  • All containers and lids stack one another for easy storage and stacking
  •  Lids nest inside each other for compact storage
  • Clear measurements on the side of each bin to easily monitor food inventory
  • Stackable, pop-up containers are ideal for pantries, coolers, cake stands, countertops, fridges, or even as part of an office lunch menu or catering package
  • Made from translucent break-resistant polycarbonate that is both durable and resistant to stains and odors

#2: Rubbermaid Commercial Products (FG330400CLR)

This box is perfect for storing your leftover food and transporting it to the kitchen at the end of your shift. This rectangular, commercial-grade bus box has rounded corners and smooth surfaces that allow for easy cleaning. It’s made of durable plastic that resists stains and odors while preventing chemicals from getting into your food. The clear bus box lets you easily see what’s inside, so you can quickly identify when it’s time to wash it.

What we liked:

  • Half-moon shaped opening for easy access to foods
  • Durable plastic resists stains, odors and chemicals
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)- FDA, LFGB, and NSF approved
  • 3-year warranty

#3: The Briner – The Ultimate Brine Container

The Briner is a plastic container that revolutionizes the process of brining turkey. It features a lid with a built-in air pump, hose and weighted siphon tube. You can inflate the lid to force the brine liquid down into the turkey, or any other meat or fish you’re soaking. When you’re done, just use the hose to siphon out all of the liquid, leaving you with a relatively dry bird.

The Briner comes in several sizes for small and large turkeys, and it’s easy to clean.

What we liked:

  • Clear sides allow you to easily see how your turkey is brining
  • Lid includes a built-in air pump and hose for forced infusion, as well as a weighted siphon tube for easy draining
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Dimensions: approximately 11 inches wide, by 16 inches deep, by 9.5 inches high
  • Comes in capacities of 8 quarts or 16 quarts

#4: Rubbermaid Commercial Products Plastic Space Saving Square Brining Turkey Container

This container is a great choice for bringing. Made from high-quality materials, this container makes the perfect vessel for your turkey.

This Rubbermaid container comes in a variety of sizes, making it easy to find the perfect size for your turkey. Its square shape makes it easy to place in the fridge and its clear design allows you to monitor the progress of the brine.

The container’s lid is not included with the purchase but can be bought separately.

What we liked:

  • 22 Quart capacity
  • Plastic body ensures it is 100% BPA free
  • Space-saving design makes it perfect for storage
  • Great for all needs, including food prep and sous vide cooking
  • Container features an easy drink spout and handle
  • Bottom seal keeps brine, juices, and fat locked in to help preserve your turkey’s taste and texture

#5: PBKay 5 Gallon Bucket Liner Bags

If you’re looking for a bringing container with a large capacity, this five-gallon bucket is ideal. It features two different food-safe linings: one for bringing and the other for marinating. The bucket itself is made of FDA-approved plastic and is BPA-free. It’s durable enough to reuse if you want to season multiple foods in the same container.

The bucket comes with a lid, which will help keep all the flavor inside while your turkey soaks in the brine. However, some users complain that it’s hard to add more liquid to the bucket without spilling some of the brine while removing the lid. If you’re planning on adding extra liquid, later on, consider purchasing an extra lid from Amazon or a similar site.

Other than that issue, this five-gallon bucket is an excellent choice for bringing turkeys. The large capacity makes it easy to soak a whole bird in saltwater before cooking it.

What we liked:

  • BPA-free plastic
  • FDA approved
  • Individually packaged buckets
  • Five-gallon capacity
  • Attached lid

#6: New and Improved Liquid Solution Turkey Brining Bags

Turkey Brining Bags are the perfect solution for brining your turkey, chicken, ham or even pork. Each bag is constructed of 3 layers of heavy duty plastic to handle even the largest of turkeys. The bags are also heat resistant to 200 degrees in case you want to cook your turkey in the bag. One 12-16 lb turkey easily fits in each bag and the gusseted bottom allows you to stand them up to save storage space or lay them down flat to defrost and marinate.

They are made with a new and improved liquid solution that is stronger and more durable than other bags on the market. We use thicker seams and a heavier duty material with double track zippers so they will not leak.

These bags are made with no BPA, which means they’re safe for you and your family. They can be used over and over again so you don’t have to worry about wasting money on expensive disposable bags.

What we liked:

  • Water tight heat resistant zipper
  • Heavy duty plastic
  • No BPA
  • Bag Dimensions: 12″ x 16″ x 2″
  • Load capacity: 12 lbs.

Things To Look For In A Container For Brining Turkey

If you’re brining a turkey, you’ll need a large container for the bird and the liquid. You could use a stockpot, but there are other options that might suit your needs better depending on how much counter space you have, how much you want to spend and how much brine you need to make. Here are features to look for when shopping for a brining container:

Large capacity

Containers that are large enough to hold a turkey can be difficult to find in most households. Some people use large coolers for this purpose, but you’ll need to make sure that any cooler you use is free of potentially harmful bacteria. You can do this by washing it out well and then sanitizing it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water (20 drops of bleach per quart). Afterward, rinse the inside thoroughly with clean water and let it air dry before using.

Easy access

The size of the opening at the top of your container matters too. It’s hard to mask garlic or fresh herbs into the inside of a turkey without being able to reach in with both hands. At the same time, you don’t want the opening so large that any heat can escape easily when you’re trying to

Insulation

When you are brining you want to keep the temperature between 35°F and 40°F (2°C and 4°C) preferably closer to 35°F (2°C). By having good insulation around the container you can achieve this temperature by adding ice.

Easy to Clean

When you are done with your brine, you will need an easy way to clean it. A container that can be broken down into smaller parts is ideal. This allows you to clean each section individually. Also, if possible try to get something with as few nooks and crannies as possible. This makes it much easier to clean and sanitize.

Material

The material of the container can range from stainless steel to plastic. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Stainless steel will not rust and tends to last longer, but it can be more difficult to clean. Plastic tends to be lighter, easier to store, but it can stain and scratch easier than stainless steel. You should choose whatever material fits your needs best.

FAQs

What size container do I need to brine a turkey?

For best results, brine your turkey in a container that is large enough to hold the bird and the brining liquid. You can use a stockpot, a clean bucket, or a large bowl.

For an 8- to 15-lb turkey, you will need at least a 3-gallon container. If you have an oddly shaped pan or bucket, you may need to increase the quantity of brining solution to cover the turkey completely.

Can I brine a turkey in a plastic bag?

Yes, you can brine a turkey in a plastic bag. You will need to make sure the turkey is completely thawed and that you are using a food-safe plastic bag. You should also be sure to wash the brining bag thoroughly before and after use.

It’s important to note that an oversized, heavy-duty oven roasting bag will be the most effective way to store your turkey and brine. The oven bags are designed for high heat and will keep your bird safe from contamination during the process.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the best container for brining is one that’s big enough for the turkey and has plenty of room in the fridge. If you have a small fridge, like me, you can use a 5-gallon bucket and toss in some ice as needed. I know it sounds weird to toss in a bunch of ice with your bird, but it’s perfectly fine.

You can also use a cooler, but it will take up a lot of space. A cooler is nice because you can control the temperature by adding more or less ice, but since you’re only brining for a day or so, your house won’t get too hot even if you don’t add ice.

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