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Nov 20, 2011 06:24 AM

Adapting Turkey recipe for salt content

I found a few recipes for turkey that look really good. Some have them soaking in a salt brine, others have salt, or bouillon added into it. Should I skip the part about bringing a turkey first because the kosher ones are already soaked and salted?
Or for a recipe like this...
1 (12 pound) whole turkey
6 tablespoons butter
4 cups warm water
3 tablespoons chicken bouillon
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons seasoning salt

Do I change the amount of salt that is added (or substitute some of the bouillon for wine? for the flavor, or some of the water for wine?)

Thoughts? Ideas? recipes?? :) All are welcome!!


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  1. From what I've read, you need not brine a kosher turkey. The salting process does most of that work, and to brine would leave the turkey very salty.

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    1. re: craigcep

      Thanks! So skipping brining, any ideas about the recipe I listed? Is there too much salt between the seasoned salt and bouillon? Or should it be ok as is?

    2. Yes, almost every article I see about Thanksgiving advice either says not to brine a kosher turkey, or recommends buying a kosher turkey if you want to save time and skip brining.

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      1. re: GilaB

        Alton Brown who is a promoter of brined turkey recommends a kosher turkey instead. The brining is supposed to make the bird juicier besides adding flavor. I add little to no salt to kosher poultry (including being careful about high sodium ingredients like soy sauce or spice blends with salt in them). You can always add in more salt to taste, but you can't take it out later. A salty bird as Alton would say isn't "good eats". In answer to mdobrins, your recipe calls for more seasoning salt than I would use. Two tablespoons is quite a bit especially with the bouillon in it (I assume the 3 tablespoons is the dry powder). Go lighter with the sodium. I doubt you'll be sorry.

        1. re: sharonfl

          Yes, remember that if it's a little less salty than you'd like at the end, you can always add, but it's very difficult to remove it if you've oversalted :)

      2. I see that I am the black sheep of this board. I have used alton browns turkey recipe for the last 5 years and every year I get a kosher turkey and I brine it too. I do cut down a little bit on the salt to half of the added salt (there is some in the stock too). I have never noted the turkey to be salty and it has a wonderful flavor and is always delicious. I would give it a shot if you want to try. I brine it for about 16 hours.

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        1. re: kosherdoc

          I never have attempted a whole turkey, but I have brined kosher turkey legs, It is worth the extra time.