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Old 01-26-2014, 12:32 PM   #11
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Four days for an 11# bird should be long enough to defrost in the fridge and brine overnight. I don't know if the giblets would give an off flavor to the bird if left inside during brining.
Even if they don't, the bag they are in might, especially if it's plastic.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:57 PM   #12
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Read the package before brining. Like the others have said it could already be injected with brine at the factory before freezing and shipping.

I made my first brined turkey last Thanksgiving. I brined it because it was a "fresh" turkey. Not frozen or injected.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:00 AM   #13
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I heard Alton Brown on the radio the other day saying that he frequently defrosts in the brine. Made sense to me.
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