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Reuse brine after 1st use?
« on: December 15, 2016, 01:07:32 PM »
Brined a pork butt and I am looking at the bucket with brine thinking it could be used for 2nd butt in a few days.
What are thoughts on reusing brine after 1st use?
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Re: Reuse brine after 1st use?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 02:50:23 PM »
My initial reaction and the consensus I found when googling is that brine is too cheap and easy to make this worthwhile.  You run some risk of cross-contamination which you'll only be able to quantify and qualify with equipment, time, and knowledge that far exceeds that required to make a new batch of brine.
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Re: Reuse brine after 1st use?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 11:07:09 PM »
I agree that with the low cost of brining ingredients, I would not risk it.
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Re: Reuse brine after 1st use?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 10:04:27 PM »
Fresh brine, every time...period.
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Re: Reuse brine after 1st use?
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2016, 10:49:07 AM »
Found some interesting reading with a lot of information about brining- "http://virtualweberbullet.com/brining.html". You may not agree with everything presented there, but I definitely learned more about brining meats.

From that site- "Discard the brine solution after use. The brine will contain proteins, blood, and other stuff from the meat that soaked in it. From a food safety standpoint, it is not advisable to reuse brine, even if it is boiled first."
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Re: Reuse brine after 1st use?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2016, 10:53:26 AM »
Found some interesting reading with a lot of information about brining- "http://virtualweberbullet.com/brining.html". You may not agree with everything presented there, but I definitely learned more about brining meats.

From that site- "Discard the brine solution after use. The brine will contain proteins, blood, and other stuff from the meat that soaked in it. From a food safety standpoint, it is not advisable to reuse brine, even if it is boiled first."

I got my start with a Weber Smokey Mountain, so I've read every page of that site, several times. Some good basic information there. Just need to filter out what doesn't apply to our smokers, like everything that takes any effort ;D (lighting coals, spritzing, mopping, etc)
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Re: Reuse brine after 1st use?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2016, 10:53:51 AM »
+1 to Tony.
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Re: Reuse brine after 1st use?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2016, 11:12:10 AM »
Another bit of information from Weber site I found interesting- If you don't happen to have Kosher Salt a recipe calls for.

This chart shows equivalent amounts of table salt and the two most popular brands of kosher salt in the United States.

Table Salt 1 cup
Morton Kosher Salt 1-1/2 cups
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt 2 cups


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