do i have to pluck?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Leah S, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Leah S

    Leah S Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi all! I am planning on skinning my bird before cooking it. DO I still have to pluck it, or can I skin it? would love to know if i can save myself oodles of time. Thanks!
     
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    You certainly can skin without plucking!
     
  3. Leah S

    Leah S Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! seems like i spend so much time plucking.
     
  4. hennyandpenny

    hennyandpenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the featers grow out of the skin like our hair if you skin the bird it wont take as long repare the bird
     
  5. Working Dog Doc

    Working Dog Doc Out Of The Brooder

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    Remember though, if you are cooking them on the grill or in the oven, the skin offers natural protection from scorching or overheating. This is especially true with pastured birds who don't take as long to cook.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    We've skinned out last few batches. It's really easier, but truthfully I wish we'd plucked at least some. As stated, the skin is needed for a nice roast bird. Skinless you need to crockpot or pressure cook. If you try to bake/roast/grill, they dry out too much.
     
  7. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have skinned them in the past and really regretted even bothering to raise them. I did NOT enjoy the meat that much. Yes, it's easier, but I raise them to have better tasting chicken, not tasteless chicken that costs more and involves much more work.

    Invest in a plucker and make sure you get a good scald (145 to 150 degrees until the wing feathers pull loose easily) and it's really not that bad. You can make a drill-mounted plucker for under $10.
     
  8. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well snag...the next question is how to make a drill mounted plucker....have to be a cordless drill, I am 73 and a lady so will have to have this made.....How to? Thank you. We raise our chickens as you do for meat am ready to start processing the "old" girls, I really have to put my heart in hiding because I love my chickens, tell myself they are NOT pets but FOOD....it sure helps...seeing the Pee Peeps we have running around makes all the difference in the world...Thank you for your help....
     
  9. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Want to add....are you butchering Roosters too. I have 3 ready to process, skin or pluck?
     
  10. jamesk53

    jamesk53 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've skinned birds that I've raised and the meat has still been tremendous. Haven't you eve bought boneless skinless chicken breast? Same concept. I actually will take most of the birds I raise and section then out and have packets of things, legs, wings and breasts. It makes the chicken we freeze feel a lot more like we the process we are used to with buying from the store. Seems like people don't buy whole chickens as often from the store. Just a thought.
     

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