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    Turkey Brine for someone with kidney disease

    Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:50 pm Groupie
    Really like to brine my turkey but my Mom has kidney disease so can't handle to salt. Anyone have suggestions on what else I could do?
    Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:34 pm
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    I suppose you could marinate the turkey instead of brining it (marinades contain much less salt than brines).
    Personally I don't do either, I just lightly coat the bird with a bit of oil (sometimes I'll put some fresh herbs under the skin) before oven roasting it.
    Sue Lau
    Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:02 pm Groupie
    Brine is literally salted water (think about the briny sea), so I would go with something different.
    For something different and special, you could try grilling a turkey breast with a salt-free dry rub. Or for that matter, using a dry rub and roasting it.
    You can buy the salt-free dry rubs commercially if you don't have a recipe from scratch.
    I have a recipe for grilled turkey breast which the method is very good: Brined Mesquite Grilled Turkey Breast
    Don't use the brine in this because of the salt and don't try it omitting the salt because the brine then won't work.
    However, here is a posted recipe for salt-free dry rub:
    The Baron's No Salt Rub
    Use the rub in the recipe for grilled turkey and you can add it at the point where you butter up the breast. Generally with dry rubs you would then want to wrap the breast with the rub on it in plastic wrap and let absorb the seasoning for a few hours, refrigerated, of course.
    This is probably advice all to late, but there is always next time.
    All the best-
    Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:45 pm Groupie
    Thanks Sue, we had our Christmas today. I ended up finding a no salt brine, but of course it didn't really make sense to me to even bother, since to brine is to soak it in a salt bath and the other would just be a marinade of sorts. I ended up doing a sage butter rub (no salt butter) between the skin and breast and then rubbed it all over with olive oil, seasoning it with pepper and a no salt garlic mix.

    Merry Christmas everyone...
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