Roasting a turkey will reduce its flavor

Can I reduce the salty taste after roasting a turkey?

Not all brines are created equal. You may have added too much salt to your solution or you left your chicken brine too long.

Brining is the technique of soaking meat in a dilute salt solution until the dissolved salt penetrates the muscle tissue. You shoot for a final concentration of about 0.5% salt. The challenge with frying is that deep inside the meat is just as salty as the meat outside. Unfortunately, a steep salt gradient can easily occur.

The traditional approach of soaking meat in a strong salt solution requires you to pull it out at the right moment - without the hard to reach the equivalent of a thermometer for measuring salinity. If you let the meat rest, the salt gradient can even out a bit, but an over-salted exterior and under-salted interior are unavoidable.

A modernist approach soaks the meat for long periods of time (up to 24 hours) in a solution with a salt concentration just slightly above the target value of 0.5%. The risk of over-salting is excluded. You will need a brine injector or a syringe.

This brine is well suited for poultry:


  1. Stir water and salt together to make brine.
  2. Inject the saline solution all over the meat as evenly as possible. Insert the needle into the neck and back cavities to avoid piercing the skin.
  3. Chill the salted chicken, uncovered, for 24 hours.

Note: The brine can be kept indefinitely before use. Roasted poultry can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (i.e. cook between 24 and 48 hours after roasting).

Modernist kitchen at home: pages 133, 238


Welcome to the Benjamin page. There's a lot of good information here - unfortunately, it doesn't really answer the question. This will help the OP prevent this from happening in the future, but they are wondering what to do with the salty turkey now.


Several questions are asked. Stack should be more of a quality assurance than a discussion forum. The question as I understood it: "Can I do something to remove some of the salty taste?". The answer is no, but I've provided more insight into why this happened and a solution on how to prevent it for the next time - ultimately a more effective approach.

Tim Post ♦

@Benjamin You could add a part "While it didn't work this time, here's how to do it next time" to the opening of your answer. The answer is good, it just feels like you haven't read the question (which I'm sure) and if you have any ideas on how to save parts of an over-salted turkey, those would be welcome too :)

elias altenberg

It kind of answers the question because obviously the person who asked the question is using too much salt in their saline solution and so should try a better meat to salt ratio.