HELP!!!! Can I leave processed birds on ice water overnight?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Little Cluckers, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Little Cluckers

    Little Cluckers Keep Calm and Buy Chickens

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    The vacuum seal bags that I got are not quite big enough and they are not sealing.

    Which is the best option:

    1) leave on ice until target opens tomorrow
    2) dry off all birds and put in fridge until I can seal them tomorrow

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    Thanks!
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd dry them off and cover the bowl (or whatever you're going to put them in) with plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge. That's how I let my birds 'rest' for 2-3 days after butchering before I freeze or cook them.
     
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  3. Little Cluckers

    Little Cluckers Keep Calm and Buy Chickens

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    OK [​IMG] I will dry 'em and put them in the fridge. Right now they are in one of those huge home depot tubs!
    Ugh, my back.......

    Thank you!!!
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They shouldn't be unsafe or anything if you leave them on ice overnight -- but they will soak up some water and that's not necessarily the best route to a tasty chicken. I agree the best choice would be cold dry covered storage, if you have the space. Or lots of ice or a cold night so there will be minimal water in the cooler with them.
     
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  5. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of people will soak them in a brine for a day or so. That could be a option for you. I have put the birds in an ice chest in the tub with the drain plug open to drain the water so they weren't sitting in water.
     
  6. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wrap them in a plastic grocery bag and put them in the fridge to let them rest.
     
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  7. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm interested in this as well. It was my understanding that you let them rest in ice water for a few days.


    How does everyone else do it? My wife and I are thinking about getting two of those rubbermaid TUFF trashcans and letting the birds chill out in there.
     
  8. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually just freeze them while wet. Soaking them in an ice water brine for a day is fine. The meat will absorb water, so if left too long it could become mushy (I've never noticed it on raw chicken - just on cooked chicken left in stock for too long).
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I rinse them really well in cold water and then chill them in clean ice water, but take them out after 15-20 minutes when they're chilled and then dry them off and put them in the fridge for a few days to rest. I know some people brine them, but I've never done it so I'm not sure how long they leave them in the brine.
     

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