Any Reason Not to Cut Up at Butcher Time?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by wild chick, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. wild chick

    wild chick Songster

    About to take some to the freezer. Most all the posts of butchering are leaving a whole carcass. My most difficult / time consuming / frustrating thing is getting the insides out. What if I just cut directly up the breast bone or back bone (to one side of the keel or spine), to eviscerate easily, then made my cut pieces and let them rest a few days in fridge before freezing just like I would the whole chicken? These are hens, 1.5 to 2.5 Years old. Any thoughts?
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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    There is no reason you shouldn’t cut them up. Being old hens, though, they are going to be tough whether you let them rest or not.
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  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    That's a great question. :thumbsup

    My take... do what works for you. Some people even freeze legs and thighs separate from breast. I agree for us that is also the most time consuming part... yet I see some people just rip them out with no fear of popping bile sacks or poking intestines... maybe that skill will come with time... our process certainly isn't as slow as it was when we first started.

    Sometimes... I do just dispatch and pluck, then give the whole carcass to my hubby (who won't dispatch but doesn't have issues once it is done).. He then simply strips the meat off... for grinding and the innards get tossed with the rest of the carcass. So we can't then use it for stock and such. But sometimes we have to work with what we FEEL like doing.

    Your stated birds... will still need to be slow and low or pressure cooked to get nice texture... perfectly suitable for enchiladas, shredded tacos or sandwiches, Chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, chicken noodle soup. You can even cook them immediately and avoid resting all together.

    Ohh... cooking at high altitude... I remember the fun of learning the differences it made in some (many) recipes!

    Let us know how it goes. :pop
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  4. AudieWarren

    AudieWarren Songster

    May 17, 2018
    Free ranging in Ga
    When plucking andeviscerating, we hang ours. It's so much easier. Hang by feet to pluck, tie the head up by the feet, place bucket underneath, and proceed to gut. We let ours Rest on ice in a cooler too save fridge space. After a few days, I leave some whole and cut the others up.
  5. AudieWarren

    AudieWarren Songster

    May 17, 2018
    Free ranging in Ga
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I cut mine into serving pieces as I butcher them. Certain pieces will be served at the table and some go to broth. There are always different ways to do anything but I cut around the vent and pull the intestines out, then use poultry shears to cut up one side to get to the rest of the innards. I cut through ribs, that's easier with poultry shears plus my knife stays sharper. My cut is where I separate the breast from the back. The hard part is up where the wing comes in. If you can find the sweet spot it's not too bad but sometimes I go through bone.

    If you want to try cutting up the backbone or breastbone go for it. Trial and error may give you the best way to go.
  7. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA
    I always have trouble getting the lungs out, so I usually cut them up.
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  8. wild chick

    wild chick Songster

    @Ridgerunner - what brand Poultry Shears? My 10 year old Wusthof pair spring broke - got a new pair and the spring broke within a year. (Promise we were not abusing them!) They are the sharpest, best all 'round, but I'm afraid they aren't made in Germany anymore and not sure I want to buy yet another.
  9. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

    Apr 13, 2016
    NC IL
    I wish it had dawned on me to cut them in half when I did 4 old hens last Sunday. It would be much easier to cut up through the ribs on each side and then pop the bird apart.
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  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    I would like to see YOUR video! ;)
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