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Mar 14, 2010 11:34 PM

What is chicken from Safeway with "solution"?

I bought some chicken from PAviolions/Vons because it was cheap but now that I cooked it's super salty. I looked on the package and it says Young Chicken Breast with Rib Meat enhanced with up to 10% solution (cane juice, sodium carbonate, lemon juice powder etc)

I didn't realize that it was marinated. It didn't say it was marinated, just "solution"...

I hope this isn't going to be really bad for my health? lol

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  1. Isn't that like a brine?

    1. it's not a "marinade," it's an additive. poultry producers use needles to inject the solution (salt, sugar, preservatives & binding agents) into the chicken during processing to plump it up and "enhance" the flavor.

      it's one of the reasons i only buy organic, additive-free chicken.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I believe it also is for moist and preserving purposes.

        Similar to those crappy wet packed scallops most places sell you - they leak alot of fluid so searing them can be very difficult unless you have a professional output burner.

        I don't know if the solution prevents good browning but if you brine just remember not to add too much salt since it already has some.

        1. re: Johnny L

          I don't think it's a brine... It's just cheap chicken, like a bunch of chicken breasts in a big pack for $1.97 a lb ir something like that. Meant for grilling (it says on the package "great for grilling".

          Not sure what brining is. I am using the chicken to sautee to eat with rice or pasta etc. Like you would use any other chicken...

          1. re: Johnny L

            The new way to make the meat last longer in addition to using bleach and re-packaging. We all remember Food Lion got busted for their bleached and re-packaged meat.

            Now we have Saline Solution Injected meats AKA Brine, oh and Cryo-Vac is getting trendy too.
            Also, why I buy Organic Additive-Free meat. And not CHEAP stuff from WalMart or Safeway Food Lion, Blooms, Bottom Dollar (et al)...but hey its your body and choice.

            1. re: HungryinBmore

              What does this "brine" do to you healthwise?? Is it like poison?? I know it's high in sodium but I'm young and my body can handle it. Any other negatives besides the sodium??

              Yea, it's some saline solution thing... How is it harmful though?

              1. re: jackie100

                How does cryo-vac affect you healthwise?

                1. re: jackie100

                  jackie, a brine is a saltwater solution in which meat is soaked before cooking. it's used to increase moisture and flavor. there's nothing dangerous or "poisonous" about it. and "cryovac" is just an airtight packaging/sealing method - the only "effect" it has on your health is protecting you from ingesting harmful bacteria or other nasties in your food :)

                  you can find a lot of this information with a quick Google search.

                2. re: jackie100

                  I don't know about healthwise, but IMO it affects the chicken texture adversely--if you brine your own meat it doesn't sit around as long as "enhanced" supermarket meat. I stopped buying cheap chicken for that reason, also will not buy pork at many stores because that is frequently "enhanced" as well.

                  Plus it certainly means you are paying for water instead of meat...

                  Brining chicken and pork is a good thing, but do your own, and with your own preferred flavoring, instead of chemical crap.

          2. Kosher chickens are typically brined, so adding a salt solution to the chicken is not "bad" in and of itself. I'm not opining on whether or not these regular chickens are "healthy" or not, but the solution as described doesn't seem to be particularly bad.

            The choices individuals make about the kinds of meat they choose to buy and eat are very complex so I'm not really commenting on that aspect- just wether the solution is necessarily cause for alarm.

            1. That "solution" is the answer to the problem "How can a supermarket get customers to pay $1.79/lb for salted and sugared water?"

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