how much soap in scalding water

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jimmythechicken, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    i was wondering how much dish soap you put in your scalding water.does it leave any taste in the skin?thanks for any help
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    I don't put any in
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    none ,just plain water.....
  4. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    It is intended to help the water penetrate the feathers. If you use any, only use a couple of drops.

    We do not use any. If you dunk the bird up and down, and swish it around, there is no problem.

    I do however hose the bird down with a strong spray to get all of the feathers wet prior to scald.

    Good luck
  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    The soap helps to wet the feathers a bit. Just put a half a squirt or less, even a few drops like someone just said. Kinda hard to measure drops with liquid soap though, it tends to goo into a stream rather than make nice drops. Doesn't take much. As you see, most people don't bother with it.
  6. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    I don't put any soap in my scald pot but I have a prewash bucket with warm water and a squirt of Dawn.
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I believe that is common for ducks and geese. Not so much for chickens and wouldn't be necessary for Cornish Cross. It's to help get water down to the skin, past the oil in the feathers. Ducks are water-proof and that makes it difficult to scald them. The dish soap breaks the surface tension of the water and helps it to penetrate past the oil. The same as it helps to remove grease from your kitchen dishes.

    I use a squirt (scientific term for the amount) in the water.

    No, it doesn't affect the meat. It rinses right off. You are going to be rinsing you birds well after they are eviscerated and before they are packed for freezing.
  8. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    I use a squirt - less than I use to do dishes in the sink.

    I like it because it seems to keep the stink down because I dunk and pluck indoors, in the kitchen. I rinse the birds off first through, outside with the hose, so I'm not scalding blood and poo. The soap is just some extra preventative against stink, and possibly water penetration.

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