It won’t be long before it’s holiday time again, and time to indulge in your favorite foods. Company is coming over and you want everything to be perfect. Yes, you know too much salt is not good for you, but it’s just one day, so you may decide not to worry about your sodium intake.
However, by making some small meal tweaks, you can cut down the salt without sacrificing taste. Here are 5 tips to cut salt in holiday foods:
Of course the showcase of a holiday meal is usually turkey and what’s not to like? That crispy brown skin and juicy meat make my mouth water just thinking about it. What you may not know is that many turkeys are injected with salt water before being sold. If you see the words, “enhanced,” “flavor-enhanced”, self-basting”, or “basted,” on the label, don’t buy it.
I prefer ham to turkey, but it really packs a sodium wallop. One way to cut the salt is to buy ham pre-cooked and cut it into slices. Rinse each slice with water, and squeeze dry. Simmer on the stove for 15-20 minutes. Use your own low-salt seasonings to pan-fry or re-bake.
All breads for stuffing contain salt, so you can’t avoid it completely. Make your own bread or cornbread, so you can control how much salt goes into it.
I don’t think I have ever been at a holiday meal that didn’t include mashed potatoes. It’s so tempting to dress them up with a big slab of salted butter, and add more salt to taste. Make your own recipe, or switch to sweet potatoes.
A delicious gravy is a must, but look for brands that are low-sodium. Low sodium soup or broth is a delicious base, and then you can just add your own seasonings.