Letting the carcass sit

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by pfost262, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. pfost262

    pfost262 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know when I've butchered my past older hens I was told to let them sit in the fridge a couple of days. I have a bunch of 3 year old hens I just butchered and I want to bag and freeze for the first time. Do I have to let them sit in the fridge a couple of days or can I shrink bag them and freeze them today?
     
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  2. JeanR

    JeanR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, , but they should be completely cold before putting them in the freezer. Overnight is good. Wonderful stewing hen soup, broth and chicken pot pies, etc. in your future! Envy you!
     
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  3. Parront

    Parront Overrun With Chickens

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    If you do not have enough room in the frig, a cooler with ice+water will cool them down fast, then when they are ~40 degrees bag and freeze. Keep ice in the cooler until they are cold enough. When you thaw them, then you can let them rest in the frig a couple of days before you use them.
     

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