Can you eat them right after butchering?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by georgialee, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I know with chickens you're supposed to wait a couple of days, how about with quail?

    If I were to send my husband out to the barn to butcher a couple and they were cooked within the hour would they be tough?

    Sorry if this is a silly question... I'm in the planning stages and trying to figure out everything, lol. [​IMG]
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    As far as I know you can eat them AND chickens immediately. A lot depends on how you cook them. Most folks will wait with chickens to allow time for the meat to be more tender, but I know some who go right out in the yard an hour before cooking them and butcher and still have tender juicy meat. I'd assume quail to be no different. I'd probably just cook a bit slower myself to ensure the meat is tender.
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I butcher my quail, & they're cooking within 1/2 hour. I put them in a pan with a little water, add my spices, cover with foil, & bake at 225 degrees for 3 hours. They are TENDER! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:I've seen the time when it was "tough" on a growling tummy not getting them into the skillet within 30 minutes after they've been cleaned........ [​IMG]
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    best to cool meat in ice.....but just a little time less than an hour for chicken, ice water will cool them quick
     
  6. mchl

    mchl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    fresh is great. I hunt them in the wild and eat as fast as I can cook them..
     
  7. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Thanks everyone! That's what I was hoping. [​IMG]
     
  8. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Howdy neighbor.[​IMG]
     
  9. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Hey! I just sent you a message through your website, lol. [​IMG]
     

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