How long is too long?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by dadof4, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Newbie. How long is too long to refridgerate your processed chickens before freezing. I have read where most do it for 12 to 24 hours, but can you for like two or three days....four? Wondering. Thanks
     
  2. chantecler

    chantecler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HI

    According to Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens (A book I highly recommend for any chicken owner, it's awesome!)
    You must freeze your birds within 3 days.

    Hope this helps.
    N:)
     
  3. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
     
  4. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Yes, but should they be "aged" at all?
     
  5. chantecler

    chantecler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is recommended to age them 24 hours. It allows for all the muscle metabolism stuff (pH, lactic acid, yadayadayada) to occur. If you cook right away the meat will be tough. If you freeze right away the meat won't be as tender.

    It is important that you get the temprature of the carcass down to 4 C (not sure what tha is in F, but fridge temeperature) ASAP to reduce pathogen (bad bacteria) growth on the carcass.[​IMG]:woot:aww

    Hope this helps!
    N:yiipchick
     

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