First butcher date set

Mosey2003

Crowing
Apr 13, 2016
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How many did you put in the turkey plucker at a time? It probably would work better with 3-4 in there to bounce off each other. Also, a bad pluck can be caused by a poor scald. I like to use 150F water and dip-and-swish until I can pull a wing feather easily.

If you aren't set on perfect roasting carcasses, you can also cut up the sides of the cavity when you're gutting them, so that a larger hand will fit. Good poultry shears work well for doing this without snagging/piercing intestines. Just hold the bird a bit sideways so that the guts hang down from the side a bit and cut a slit up between the keel and the backbone, if you look at one you've already processed you can see exactly where you'd want to cut.

Good job!
 

Beaglegal

Songster
Sep 8, 2019
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Western Washington
How many did you put in the turkey plucker at a time? It probably would work better with 3-4 in there to bounce off each other. Also, a bad pluck can be caused by a poor scald. I like to use 150F water and dip-and-swish until I can pull a wing feather easily.

If you aren't set on perfect roasting carcasses, you can also cut up the sides of the cavity when you're gutting them, so that a larger hand will fit. Good poultry shears work well for doing this without snagging/piercing intestines. Just hold the bird a bit sideways so that the guts hang down from the side a bit and cut a slit up between the keel and the backbone, if you look at one you've already processed you can see exactly where you'd want to cut.

Good job!
I only tried 2 at a time, they kept getting stuck in the fingers which seemed too largely spaced. I didn’t think to add more...

Good tip on cutting them open, should have done that. Would have been much faster and it didn’t even occur to me...
 

Beaglegal

Songster
Sep 8, 2019
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Western Washington
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Just ate some of the first chicken. The meat is more chicken-y. My husband loves a good roast bird so we roasted it. I was surprised with the amount of meat on the tiny carcass, enough for 2 people for 2 meals. I had to keep my self from picturing the gutting part in my head while eating, but overall very enjoyable and satisfying
 
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