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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Arielle, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    to process the BBW.

    My question is: do BBW need to be chilled in a refrigerator for 3-4 days before freezing until the Holidays? Or is this method of ensuring tenderness limited to heritage turkeys which would be 8 mo old?
     
  2. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any kind of critter should be aged a bit at least to get the rigor out.
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:How long is "to get the rigor out"? You would think I might know this after a few episodes of NCIS!!!
     
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    Quote:How long is "to get the rigor out"? You would think I might know this after a few episodes of NCIS!!!


    I do my chickens for 3 days and rabbits for 1.

    I would think Turkeys would be similar to chickens. [​IMG]
     
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    3 days. That's a lot of refrigerator space.

    Thank you for your answers.
     
  6. LadyTurkey

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    You have to wait 3 days before you can eat them? We did a pig last week and ate pork chops about a day or two later :S lol
     
  7. Frosty

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    Quote:If it was two days, that was at least some aging... meat is just tougher if you don't age it a bit, it won't hurt you. As long as you enjoyed them, that's the important part. Deer hunters hang the meat for a few days too (usually).

    I read an old article on killing chickens in The Small Farm Journal some years ago.. They said they broke the neck and pulled down a bit for the blood to have a pocket to collect in. Then they hung it by the feet in a cool place until the feathers pulled out easily, THEN they removed the feathers and innards. [​IMG] Don't think I'll try that method!
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I assume the game is hanging in a regridgerator during "aging" ? SOmewhere in the far distant past I read about aging which was for months. COmplete with green mold. A delicacy. Not willing to wait that long! [​IMG]

    I talked to the processor and their opinion was to freeze by end of day. That's less than 12 hours of aging.
     

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