After butchering ???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by southtex, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. southtex

    southtex New Egg

    Jan 5, 2013
    After butchering can I keep the chicken meat in a cooler(ice chest) full of ice to rest for 48 hours? Do I need to bag them? Are zip Lock bags ok ? Some will be skinned and others plucked. Kind of worried about the meat goining bad. Any thing I need to look out for?
  2. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    Nope, the meat won't go bad. Bag it in a ziplock and store in refrigerator for about 2-3 days (until the rigor passes - you'll know because you'll be able to flex the leg joints - with rigor, they won't move). Then go ahead and freeze it.

    Don't worry about the meat going bad in fridge - don't ask how long those birds at the grocer have sat there..
  3. southtex

    southtex New Egg

    Jan 5, 2013
    Instead of the refrigerator can I keep them the ice chest, if there is no space in the refrigerator for the 48 hours?
  4. Elke Beck

    Elke Beck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
    Sunny So Cal
    As long as they are kept below 40 degrees, you are good to go. Bacterial growth is very slow below 40 degrees, and most bacteria die when they reach 140, so you need to keep perishable out of the 40 to 140 danger zone. The bacteria don't care if the temperature is maintained by packing in ice or refrigeration.

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