What will be the yield on an 8lb 15% added solution boneless turkey? I am catering for 700 hundred people next week. I would like to make sure I have as little waste as possible and I do not over order.

  • how do you cook it? Nov 15 '17 at 22:40
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    lol. Thought, initially, that you were going to try and feed 700 people with one of those. Boneless is going to be almost entirely edible, I'd think, minus the extra lost water. +1 for the question, I'm curious to see what the responses are. Nov 15 '17 at 22:52
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    What is 15% added solution?
    – user34961
    Nov 16 '17 at 9:17
  • What portion size do you plan?
    – moscafj
    Nov 16 '17 at 16:54

Chicken breast, not overcooked, loses 10%-18% of it's weight during cooking.
Turkey will be similar.
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As you can see, brining a bird, either wet or dry, results in less moisture loss.

Your 15% solution undoubtedly contains some salt but I doubt it is enough to be considered fully brined.

I would therefore, expect your yield to be around 80%-83%. Obviously, if you overcook the meat you will lose even more water.

Of course, these charts were made to demonstrate the effects of brining and not as an exhaustive study into poultry yields. For 700 people you would want to get this as close as you can. Personally, I would salt and cook one of them today, weighing before and after to give myself more confidence.

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