first time processing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by irf1983, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. irf1983

    irf1983 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i'm doing a large batch, do I need to keep those that i've bled cool until i scald them? Also, is it better to let a bird rest before you eat it, or is it ok to butcher and eat them the same day? Sorry, I know they are dumb questions.
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    No need to keep cool, they,ll be alright for a couple of hours. I let mine sit in the fridge for 3 days to break down muscle fiber & it's more tender.
     
  3. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kill and eat away. I really don't think chickens need to rest like red meat does. But, that's just me. We generally do let ours sit overnight in the fridge before freezing, but I don't think it's a necessity.
     
  4. Kindred

    Kindred New Egg

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    Quote:If you are going to be cooking it up really fresh then go ahead.

    When something dies a chemical change occurs in the muscles. This change causes stiffnes also known as Rigor Mortis. The cooling process is used to break down this chemical change and to return the muscles to a pliable nature.

    In general, if freezing them cool them for a couple of days, if eating fresh then process and throw in the fridge for dinner that night.
     

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