Q.

I left chicken in a brine for six days…is it ruined?

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A.

You’ve probably overbrined your chicken, significantly damaging its flavor and texture.  I’d recommend throwing it away and starting over.  My understanding is that two days is the upper limit for brining.

– Question Submitted by Donnie G.




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2 Responses to “I left chicken in a brine for six days…is it ruined?”

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    Donnie Gordon says:

    Thank you for responding to my question. Actually I went ahead and smoked it yesterday. I tried to wash it really well because of the salt in the brine. I thought it was a little on the salty side, but the family didn’t complain. I smoked it heavily, so it had lots of smoke flavor, but the texture was fine and it was super moist – go figure.

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    Matthew says:

    Hi Donnie,

    I’m so glad things turned out for you! I was worried it would have been overly salty, waterlogged and “gummy” in texture. A very pleasant surprise! Good luck with your future smoking endeavors!

    Matthew
    MarxFoods