Freeze CX After Brining or Processing?

Tumbleweed Farm

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8 Years
Jun 17, 2011
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Benton City, WA

DH and I have processed about 8 birds in the past two days. Can I brine the ones we do tomorrow for 12-24 hrs., stick in freezer then let them rest 4 days after thawing for use? Or, better yet-- could I send them directly to freezer after processing and brine/rest after I thaw for use? We are running out of refrigerator space.
 
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booker81

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Apr 18, 2010
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If they are cornish x at 6-8ish weeks old, they only need a day or two of rest time. The longer time is more needed for old birds, like a year or so
That includes brine time, if you choose to do so (nor super necessary for tenderness, more for flavor if you choose for cx birds).
 

Tumbleweed Farm

Songster
8 Years
Jun 17, 2011
1,105
58
196
Benton City, WA

Thank you, mine are 7 weeks, 6 lb dressed average so far. I thought you had to brine for 12-24 hrs and rest i fridge for 4 days after the brine. You've been very helpful Booker, thanks!
 
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RWD

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Jan 2, 2011
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We only brine for a few hours during processing (icey brine), let rest for 48 hrs. then freeze. Works great.
 

france

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Mar 2, 2009
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We soaked ours in cold water for 5-8 hours after processing and then froze. They were 9 weeks old. They were great, super moist when we thawed and ate them. I cannot imagine a brine would mean you would have to rest longer.
 
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Bossroo

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Jun 15, 2008
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Rigor mortis is RIGOR MORTIS ( stiff as a board )
... each bird has to go through it or it will be tough !
Let the bird rest in a refrigerator at least overnight.
 

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