When you go to the store, do you expect to come home having paid for some salt water? That is what you might end up doing when buying meat at a big grocery store. A lot of places are adding a water-salt solution or a broth to the meat you are buying. The purpose is to make a more flavorful and moist meat. But if you know what you are doing in the kitchen, you don’t need any help from the grocery store. I also want to be able to control the sodium level in my meat, and when salt is already added then I lose that control. The other problem with these meats is that you are paying whatever you paid per pound for the water or broth they added and that is not a good use of your money.
So what should you be looking for? Pork and chicken are typically the biggest problems. Beef isn’t much of an issue. When looking at the package make sure to check to see if it says water-salt solution added or chicken broth added. The package will usually give a percentage. You can also look at the Nutrition Facts. If the level of sodium is already high, then you know salt has been added. Meat isn’t going to be sodium free, but it also isn’t going to have 350 mg to start with. If your grocery store doesn’t offer a salt solution free option then I would check somewhere else for that meat. Sometimes you will be able to find another option, for example at Meijer I was able to find a Tyson brand chicken that didn’t contain any additional salt, where as the Meijer brand does.
Remember to carefully check out that package of chicken breasts before you end up forking over money for salt water and forfeiting your right to salt your meat to your taste.