Do I NEED to hang my turkeys?

ChickenTender1988

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Mar 6, 2018
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Hi!
I'm planning on dispatching my 2 jakes today and Google is giving such a mix of opinion on whether I need to hang the turkeys afterwards or not.
I don't really have a cool/non frozen spot to hang them that's away from any cat access other than my fridge.
Do I absolutely need to hang them before they go into the freezer?? Or can I bleed/pluck/gut them?
TIA!
 

Gray Farms

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Hanging them allows the meat/muscle to rest and relax. Thus making them more tender. Its not absolutely necessary, but recommend by most.
 

ChickenTender1988

In the Brooder
Mar 6, 2018
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Hanging them allows the meat/muscle to rest and relax. Thus making them more tender. Its not absolutely necessary, but recommend by most.
Can they "hang" in my fridge if I've let the blood drain prior to putting them in there? Or do they literally need to hang from their feet?
 

ShannonR

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I kill, bleed them out. Then scald, pluck and gut. Finally, I let them rest in a cooler full of ice, or in refrigerator in a bowl of water for about 2 days. After that they are ready to freeze or eat.
 
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