How Much Meat Does A Turkey Breast Yield

Abstract and FiguresINTRODUCTIONWHEN breast rolls and turkey steaks are prepared from the meaty portions of the carcass, the bony parts remain for disposal. Information is not available in the scientific literature concerning edible yield of the different parts of the turkey. With more turkey parts becoming available on the market through the fabrication of rolls, steaks, and other items, it is felt that information on this subject is urgently needed.Thighs and boneless breasts comprise between 45 and 50 percent of the total ready-to-cook weight of turkeys (Fry et al., 1962). The boneless breast averaged 32.5 percent of eviscerated weight for male turkeys and 30.3 percent for females. Thighs accounted for 14.6 percent in males and 15.2 percent in females.Winter and Clements (1957) reported a cooking loss of 24.0 percent for small turkeys and a loss of 32.3 percent for large turkeys. The edible meat yield for small and largeā€¦

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  • Winter, A. R., and P. Clements, 1957. Cooked edible meat in ready-to-cook poultry. J. Amer. Diet. Assn. 33: 800-802.

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Chicken breast, not overcooked, loses 10%-18% of its weight during cooking. Turkey will be similar.

As you can see, there is less moisture loss when a bird is brought, whether it is wet or dry.

Undoubtedly, your solution from 2015 contains some salt, but I’m not sure if it’s sufficient to be deemed fully brined.

I would therefore, expect your yield to be around 80%-83%. Naturally, overcooking the meat will cause you to lose even more water.

Naturally, the purpose of these charts was not to conduct a comprehensive analysis of poultry yields, but rather to illustrate the effects of brining. You would want to get this as close as possible for 700 people. To boost my confidence, I would personally salt and cook one of them today while weighing it both before and after.

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