Brining a Turkey
I would like to try brining a turkey but have heard that only all-natural turkeys can be used. What type of turkey should I look for? —S.R., Charleston, South Carolina
When choosing a turkey for brining, look for one that does not have added ingredients. Pre-basted turkeys have been treated and could result in an overly salted product.
A natural turkey refers to a turkey that has limited processing with no artificial ingredients or coloring added and would be a good choice for brining. Ask your butcher if you are unsure of which turkeys have not been pre-basted.