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Gall Bladder

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I am sure this happens to everyone eventually, but since no one I know has ever had it happen to them yet, I need to ask y'all.

 

While skinning a very large hen, the gall bladder leaked bile downward onto only part of the carcass, very tip of keel, and part of one leg. I cut away the visually tainted part and continued to clean the bird as usual and it is soaking in icy brine now.

 

Is the whole chicken contaminated?

 

I guess my question is, how does bile "contaminate" the chicken? I know it is really hard to clean/rinse off, but if cut away, is the rest of the meat ok? Is the bile dangerous/deadly or just bad tasting? I know, stupid question.

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I know there are folks who will swear blind that a tiny bit of bile on any part of the meat ruins the whole thing. Not my experience at all, though. If we get bile on the meat, we simply rinse it off asap and continue butchering. We don't cut out the meat. I suppose, being an acid, if it sat on the meat a prolonged time it may "eat" some of it, not sure how the chemistry would work there. But when we rinse it right away, we can never tell where it was later. This has worked for chickens and deer.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Thanks!

 

BTW, I collected Breyer horses as a kid. For some reason, gave most of them away... :)

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