I think I scalded too hot`HELP PLEASE NOT SURE IF OKAY TO EAT!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by zrachie, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. zrachie

    zrachie Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2010
    Long Island
    Hi All,

    Just butchered my chickens...did I ruin them? I dunked them in boiling water for about 30 seconds. The feathers pulled out nice, but the skin looks cooked as does the first layer of meat. are they still okay to eat? Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010
  2. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    I think they should be cooked for more than 30 seconds before eating.
  3. LindseyM12

    LindseyM12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    North Carolina
    TimG, I think zrachie is talking about dunking them in hot water to get the feathers out so they can cook them.
  4. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    Boiling water for 30 seconds??
    140-150 degree water for 1 minute or less is all you need.
    They should be fine to eat providing you took all the right steps such as chilling etc....
    I think you just messed up the skin. You could always skin them and cut them up into pieces.
  5. zrachie

    zrachie Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2010
    Long Island
    I dunked them in boiling water for 30 seconds then did an ice bath for plucking...ugh..first time, I read scalding and did boiling. [​IMG]
  6. stanglover2001

    stanglover2001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    I think they will be fine, we've done the same thing before. Just stick them in the fridge, make sure to cook them really well [​IMG] and from now on the scald temp should be 140-150 degree F, and some people do the dunking in the ice bath and I find it to be a useless step that wastes ice cubes but thats just my opinion.
  7. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    Consider dry plucking. It smells much better. No feathers sticking to your fingers either. Sorry about the skin thing. I would eat them though. I can't see that any harm will come. Just overlook the way it looks now and give it a try.
  8. ChIck3n

    ChIck3n Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2010
    Texas A&M
    As long as they were chilled after plucking they should be fine to eat. Think about it, you basically flashcooked the skin. You can eat leftover reheated cooked chicken, so the "cooked" skin will have no ill effects (in fact, the boiling may have killed off a few more bacteria than normal). A few seconds of raised internal temperature will not make the bacteria grow much faster. Just cook them like usual and you will be fine. The worst that could happen is you have a tougher outer layer of meat after you cook them.

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