Newbie to butchering question.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NYRIR, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi...was wondering..I have at least 4 roos to cull.They're RIR's and RIR x's.They were born last spring so are they going to be tough? Everyone says if they molted..they'll be tough.Any ideas on this? Thanks
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Yes, they will be tough, but there are a lot of different methods to tenderize them out. (stewpot, pounding the meat, letting it sit out, etc)

    The best age to cull in my opinion is around 5-6 months, but of course you'd need a good enough bird (non-production bred) in order to get enough meat at that age.
     
  3. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok..Mine are 2 production reds and 2 barnyard reds.I heard people say to cull around that age but they seemed small to me.When you say "letting it sit out"..what do you mean? and for how long?
     
  4. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    Let the bird sit in the fridge for 2-3 days. That is called resting.
     
  5. LadyinRed

    LadyinRed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Remember to never let an older bird cook to more than 180!! If you do it wont matter if it falls off the bone, the meat will still have an edge of toughness. I made this mistake. [​IMG]
     
  6. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definately put them in the refrigerator for a few days to rest. Even young broilers are better when you do this. A fresh killed chicken can be tough when you cook it.

    Lisa
     
  7. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never leave them in the fridge for more than 4 days. Also keep them covered or they will pick up any odors in the fridge.

    I know we all keep our friges clean. But the kids do spill and forget to tell us.

    Slow cooked at low temps. Also a good brine can help.










    just my .02
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  9. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow..thanks for the suggestions...I'm hoping to be able to have DH butcher this weekend.I definitely can't do the deed myself but would need to be here to make sure he gets the right ones!I may be able to help eventually,but for me..even letting him do it is an amazing feat!
     
  10. greenriver

    greenriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brine them.
     

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