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Brining and low sodium diet

Is there ANY way to achieve the same outcome of brining without all the salt?? Husband is on a low sodium diet!

asked by pacopoppy almost 3 years ago
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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added almost 3 years ago

Cook's Illustrated magazine found that a low-salt brine wasn't effective, so if it's a really strict diet you might want to skip the brining altogether. Maybe you could try injecting your turkey (or whatever) with a low-salt flavorful marinade?

Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 3 years ago

You might want to check out SodiumGirl's website for some wisdom on this -- and all other low-sodium topics.

added almost 3 years ago

If your husband is on a strict low-sodium diet, you can still get juicy, flavorful meat just by being careful not to overcook it. (For example, the juiciest roast chicken I know isn't brined at all -- just cooked really quickly:

You should also check out Sodium Girl's website -- it's a great resource for no- and low-sodium cooking with lots of flavor:

If his sodium restrictions aren't very strict, you might be okay to brine though (he should check with his doctor) -- most of the salt that's used in a brine gets left behind in the solution.

Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

added almost 3 years ago

Sorry, that last answer was actually from me!

added about 1 month ago

I brined jumbo shrimp (yes, shrimp!) according to a recipe in Cook's Illustrated but I used 1/2 the salt. We also cooked them on the BBQ instead broiling; they were the best shrimp I have ever had!