Buthering

Adam Belcher

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This will be my first time butchering chickens. Do I need to let the birds rest whole before I cut them up or can cut them up and place them in the refrigerator?
 

Koyote

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I've never "rested" my chickens in a refrigerator (never had enough room for all the birds). It hasn't been a problem as far as I can tell.
 

aart

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I've never "rested" my chickens in a refrigerator (never had enough room for all the birds). It hasn't been a problem as far as I can tell.
I'm guessing your are talking about ~8 week old cornish cross?
Not sure what kind of bird the OP is talking about either.
I only do layer breeds and believe me they are about inedible if not rested, especially if over about 16 weeks old.
 

Ridgerunner

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I cut mine into serving pieces as I butcher them. We all have our own reasons for how we do it. It slows me down but it suits how I cook them, saves space when I store them, and I don't splatter raw meat juices and parts in the kitchen when I cut them up. I still have to sterilize after packaging them for the freezer but it's less of a mess.

I don't age mine before I freeze but I do after they thawed.
 
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