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Freeze CX After Brining or Processing?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Tumbleweed Farm, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Tumbleweed Farm

    Tumbleweed Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2011
    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.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  2. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    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 [​IMG] That includes brine time, if you choose to do so (nor super necessary for tenderness, more for flavor if you choose for cx birds).
  3. Tumbleweed Farm

    Tumbleweed Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2011
    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!
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  4. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    france Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    North East
    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.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011
  6. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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