Let the meat cool down

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by amosygal, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. amosygal

    amosygal In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2011
    I was told you need to let the meat cool down before it's cooked. Is it true? what happens if you don't? how long does it need to cool down for? where should it cool down (fridge, outside, freezer)?
    (We grow chickens and ducks, when we have too many males we eat them).

  2. itsy

    itsy Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    Here's a recent thread that talks about this. For birds that I'm raising for meat (and processing at a younger age), I will let it sit in the fridge in a large ziplock bag for 24 hours. If it's an older bird, I let it rest for 2-3 days. You can freeze them if you wish, but I'd let them rest for a day first before putting them in the freezer.

    The purpose is to make the meat more tender. If you don't let the bird rest, the rigor hasn't passed and the meat is very tough and hard to cut/chew.

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