Hi Everybody, Debbie Benson here...
This is where I can tell you about what I know, what I have found-out, and here I can also rant a bit.
Since I was a little girl I have been aware of sodium, both high and low levels, as you learned in my first Season-It Newsletter 3 Tips That Help A Low Sodium Diet. Starting Benson's Gourmet Seasonings has been a dream come true.
As I learn, and find helpful information, tips, products, recipes and websites, I will share the information with you here. Then, you can follow-up and do your own research and make your own, more informed decisions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one. Knowledge helps you and gives you power to make better decisions.
It's not just about what you don't do or can't have. It's also about things you can or should do or add to your diet that can make a difference. Here we go...
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Look for yellow chicken. The more yellow the better. The chicken is usually raised more natural and is usually a little older so a little bigger and we have found almost always has better flavor. Yes, I usually buy chicken with the skin on. It makes for a better tasting and a moister chicken recipe. You don't have to eat the skin. Most skinless chicken has a sodium broth injected. If you can find a natural cage free or free range chicken, they are usually the best. Usually expensive but amazingly good and no hormones or antibiotics.
Brining is soaking in salt water or salt and sugar. The reason is to add flavor and moisture.
Kosher birds are touted as having the best flavor. As far as I know and my research shows, all Kosher turkeys and Kosher chickens are brined.
An"Injected bird", is injected with salt water or a sodium broth.
Almost all frozen birds (chicken & turkeys) are injected or brined.
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