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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jwg423, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After cleaning meat chickens can you eat them right away or do they need to rest for a time first? If so how long?
     
  2. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to kill mine before daylight Saturday morning and cook it for Sunday supper.
     
  3. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, thank you, we will do that.
    We have some meat chickens that I haven't weighed to get an exact weight, but they feel pretty heavy (estimate 8 pounds), and my bf wants to try one next weekend, and see if they are about right for us. This is our first time so I was wondering if we should eat right away or leave them set for a while.
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    most of us rest them for several days . . . it depends how you like your meat.
     
  5. john.huston45

    john.huston45 New Egg

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    We know that chicken is a popular and adaptable meat that lends itself to being flavored to your tastes. The crockpot, with its moist environment and slow cooking, is one of the best ways to cook chicken. You may not know but Chicken soups is the best and easy recipe for summer.


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  6. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    After a chicken has been killed and processed, you need to let it sit for 1 to 3 days in the fridge. Just like everything else that dies, it'll get rigor mortise which totally ruins the meat. Rigor passes over a few hours to a day, so you want to make sure you give your processed chicken plenty of time to rest and relax. When you pick it up to prepare it, the joints should be loose and limp, as should the muscles. If it's still stiff, you need to let it rest another day in the fridge.

    Hope this helps.
     
  7. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can cook it immediately before rigor mortis sets, but once it has set you'll probably want to want to wait until the stiffness is gone before cooking.
     
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  8. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok that makes sense, Thank You much [​IMG]
     

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