I've heard that some grocery store meats (whole turkeys, ribs, etc) are sold pre-brined so as to avoid toughness. Of course in a lot of situations you'd want to start fresh and brine or inject the meat yourself.

In the US, is there any way to know based on labeling if the meat has anything added to it? Should it be on the ingredients list?

Seems like they can get away with injecting water without labeling it but I'm not sure about salt/seasoning. In particular I'm wondering about Farmer John ribs.

  • Well I can tell you that farmer John has been owned by hormel since 2004. However it operates in California which although I don't know the laws specifically, usually has more stringent laws than the rest of the country.
    – Escoce
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 4:14

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I always thought that the pre-brined meats are sold as being enhanced, usually followed with a percentage and what they are "enhanced" with.

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