Getting ready to do my own chickens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Sanjoman, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Sanjoman

    Sanjoman Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    Im Getting ready to butcher out my first batch of chickens, a little schetchy on a few details...thats where you all come in [​IMG]
    I really like Frugals way of doing up the birds. I have read so much how people after they clean the chickens out put the chickens into ice water or different solutions and let them sit for days etc... I dont remember my folks doing any of that when I was a kid and when I read frugals post it didnt appear that he soaked them or gave them a bath either. What is the reasons for the baths? Is it absolutly nessesary?
    This is the real dumb question and I guess I just need to look up the birds arse so to speak LOL, when I go to clean out the bird what is the correct and easiest way to go for the innards?
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Plunging the finished birds into ice water is an easy way to quickly cool the meat all the way through, to inhibit bacterial growth. But I think most folks take them out when they're finished with the day's session and put them in the refrigerator. Although sometimes if I finish late & have a backache I'll leave them in the ice water until the next day when my back is feeling better.

    There are some good tutorial videos on YouTube (and some awful ones too!). Look for ones featuring Joel Salatin & his Polyface Farms, also one by the Custer Family. And a great & helpful website is by the inventor of the WhizBang Plucker.

    Let us know how well you do!
  3. Sanjoman

    Sanjoman Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    Ok, thanks. Awesome site He is very thourough. Here is another question that wasnt answered on his site. I understand you need to throw the bird into an ice bath following the process, but
    1. For how long
    2. Can you have that chicken for dinner either on the bbq or rotissery or whatever, or do you have to wait for a certain period of time.

    Thanks again for all of your help.
  4. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    You want to wait 24 hours at least before you eat any animal that has been killed. Either soak them in the iced water or keep them in your fridge for this time.

    It should take four hours to bring the temp of the bird down to 40 degrees which is safe from bacterial growth. This is done with lots of ice and fresh clean water.

    Good luck...
  5. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like to keep mine is an ice water bath for 24 hours, then bag them followed by a rest in the fridge for another 24 hours before I freeze or eat. While the ice water isn't "crucial," it RAPIDLY cools your birds which is very important. It also helps pull additional blood from the meat. Adding salt to the water helps with both of these.

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