first butcher today

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by daniel-delarosa, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2010
    Seminole, Oklahoma
    I did my first butcher today! I had a five month old rooster with a gimp leg so I decided to butcher it. I watched a few videos on youtube to learn how to do it. It went relatively easy. I just read something about letting them rest for a few days before cooking? I wish I would have read that BEFORE I cooked mine. I went from the cleaning table to the frying pan. It was a little tough, but good.
  2. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eastern/Central PA
    Cool! We just did our first butchering on Friday. I have mine resting on the bottom shelf of my fridge, and will probably cook them Monday or Tuesday.
  3. MamaHumbird

    MamaHumbird Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 28, 2010
    When we butcher we put them in coolers with ice for at least 24 hours. I have read different views saying anywhere from 4 hours to 4 days. The main thing is that rigor mortis sets in and then the meat will be more tender. With straight ice, 24 hours works great for us. It may take longer in a fridge.

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