We opened our turkeys and put them in a bucket of ice water.

I have not added herbs and salt yet, but there is a week before Thanksgiving.

Will the turkeys be ruined if I add the brine now? Should I add the brine just a day before Thanksgiving?

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    How big is the turkey? Larger turkeys actually take a long time to thaw: goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/thanksgiving-ideas/a33825235/… (although those charts are for fridge, not ice water baths)
    – Joe
    Nov 20 '20 at 19:10
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    In other words, first pack your bird again in a large bag or several layers of plastic wrap, then come back here and edit your post with more details. Unless you have a bird the size of a hog, cold water thawing almost a week before cooking the bird will almost certainly get you in “unsafe” territory as far as food safety is concerned.
    – Stephie
    Nov 20 '20 at 20:32
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    Nov 20 '20 at 20:34

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