"Retained Water?"

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by cricky101, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. cricky101

    cricky101 Smoke Blower

    I picked up a couple of whole Tyson chickens on sale today to smoke this weekend.  I've only smoked chicken pieces before, and never used a brine, so I wanted to give a brine a try (using the Slaughterhouse Brine recipe) on the whole birds.

    My question is about "enhanced" poultry. I've read cautions about brining poultry that is already enhanced because of the excess salt it will impart. The chickens I bought don't say "enhanced" anywhere on the package, and are labeled "minimally processed" and "natural."

    But, in small print it says "6% retained water." Does that mean it's a 6% salt water solution added already? So, if that's the case, should I still try the brine or will it be salt overload?
  2. Just Taste it, does it taste salty?  JUST KIDDING, PLEASE DONT DO THAT ?  Only a guess but id say it isnt added salt! or it would be sure to say salt added! But see what the experts here have to say to that.
  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They have to disclose if there is salt added. If you do not see it anywhere then I would assume that its not added.
  4. cricky101

    cricky101 Smoke Blower

    Ha! That made me laugh [​IMG]  
  5. cricky101

    cricky101 Smoke Blower

    Did a little googling and I think you guys are right. From http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/Water_in_Meats/index.asp.  Time to get my brine ready!
  6. thanks for the info, interesting.

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