meat handling- help!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TeamChaos, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    We had eight surplus roos butchered today and this is our first time through so I'm new to everything- my husband had planned on cutting them up the way he wanted them frozen before he left for work, but called me later to let me know he didn't get around to it. The birds were still packed in ice and very cold, so I'm not worried about that part but all I did was rinse each bird inside and out and put it in a 2 gal. freezer bag in the 'fridge. I noticed some of the birds still had long stringy feathers attached to them (I didn't clean these, we paid some neighbors $1 a bird to do the whole thing). Will the meat be okay sitting in the fridge and then handled again before being frozen? Thanks for any advice!
  2. misspennyloise

    misspennyloise Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2009
    northwest ohio
    [​IMG] Good Morning, I see nothing wrong with what happened to the chickens. I think it is a good idea to "rest/relax" the meat before you place it in a freezer. After my birds are processed I rinse them and re-clean the body and then place it in the refrigerator. So in my opinion, you have nothing to worry long as the chickens weren't warm and then cooled and warmed and then cooled. Hope this makes sense to you. Also a clean work environment and hands are always safest. Enjoy after thoroughly cooking the chickens [​IMG]
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    most people do just that; let them relax in frig for 2 or 3 days before freezing.
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's perfectly fine. If I have time, I age mine for 24 hours in salted ice water, bag them, then age again another 24 hours in the fridge before freezing.
  5. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    *whew* because, once again, we did not get them cut up and in the freezer today- so that makes two days in the 'fridge. I was going to be heartbroken if all that meat was wasted. Thanks so much!
  6. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    store bought chicken sits around in a refrigerator for longer than 2 days..... a lot longer..
  7. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Probably a lot longer than two days before it even gets to the store!
  8. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    yes... very true!
  9. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Congrats on your first butcher. Sounds like you did great. At least you know the "history" of these birds unlike store bought. No idea how those are handled before or after they're butchered.
  10. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    yep they should be just fine. we let ours set 2 - 4 days. just make sure your fridge is VERY cold. we age ours in the beer fridge on the coldest setting.

    great work!

    ps dont worry about the feathers.. just pull them off.

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