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Old 11-27-2007, 08:06 PM   #1
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Would you eat a turkey brined at 68 degrees F?

So... we bought a fresh turkey from our local butcher - fresh in that it had never been frozen or processed.

During my brining process - much to my wife's dismay - we found that the turkey was at 68-degree's for about 6 hours before we put it back in the fridge to lower it below 40...

I roasted it today and it turned out most excellent - very moist, crisp skin etc.. etc... We cooked it to a median temp of 165...

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Old 11-27-2007, 08:14 PM   #2
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So are you questioning whether it is safe to eat? Even if bacteria did get in during the brining process, and assuming this was close to the cooking date, you cooled it to a safe point (NB: if my F to C conversion is correct) and then you have cooked it at a hot temp (again see NB!) so provided it wasn't too long between fridge and cooking phase, I would have thought you would be safe. I wouldn't keep it too long though and check carefully each time I went to eat more.

My understanding is that bacteria will spread in the "warm" phase and that cooling it prevents the growth of bacteria and that cooking kills the bacteria, provided in both instances you reached the minimum temperatures. I'm sure one of our scientific members will clarify/correct for you.

But yeah, I would try it based on your description of the cooked product.
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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Your conversions are off Bilby. In order for it to be safe it would have had to be 39 degrees or colder. Since it was held at 68 for 6 hours, that was well within the danger zone. I would not have eaten it.
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:20 PM   #4
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Your conversions are off Bilby. In order for it to be safe it would have had to be 39 degrees or colder. Since it was held at 68 for 6 hours, that was well within the danger zone. I would not have eaten it.
LOL! I'd believe you GB! F to C thing is not something I have had to do since Primary School for maths problems!! That's why I put the clarification in the post.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:44 PM   #5
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are you still alive, did you get sick? are you there? Just don't do it next time. But there is always the rule and then there is the thigs people do. GB wouldn't eat it, I would without given a second thought, especialy at temps that low. If it 70-75 deg, I would give a second thought, still would eat it.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:49 PM   #6
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I wouldn't eat it but I am always overly cautious & somes a bit nutty about stuff like that. But as CharlieD asked are you feeling alright????
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:22 PM   #7
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it's been 3 hours since I ate some...... wife is using me as a guinea pig - if I'm fine, then we'll feed the kids.. :P
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Symptoms of food poisoning can take 36 hours or more to present.
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Take it from the idiot that decided it would be okay to eat the turkey my daughter left on the counter over night ~~ DO NOT DO IT!! I can and have beat many questionable foods being at the edge of danger. I will never do it with turkey!! I've had that sick feeling for two days. The cats like the meat still, but I sure the heck don't trust chancing turkey and mine only got to 54 (yes, I checked it before putting it back in the fridge thinking the house was cold the night she left it out.

Don't do it. You really don't want to get sick. And remember, kids get food poisoning much easier than adults. What you can handle, they may get raging ill from. They haven't had all our years to build up some resistance.
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Old 11-27-2007, 11:13 PM   #10
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Symptoms of food poisoning can take 36 hours or more to present.
Yeah, I'm aware of that.....

Just banking on the fact of the source of this bird and its freshness... and hoping that the brine helped curb any nasty germs... :)
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