Plucking vs Skinning

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Markp1964, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Markp1964

    Markp1964 In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2007
    Anyone process chickens like they were rabbits-skin instead of pluck?
  2. jhudson

    jhudson In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2007
    yes we have. The batch of cornish cross we did last fall we skinned. I know have a plucker so we do them that way. Skinning worked out fine.
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Crowing

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    I skin all of mine. I aint standing there plucking, I'd go crazy [​IMG]. So skining is faster for me and less messy. But I seen the dh do one and he got a turkey fryer going with boiling water and dipped the bird for a few mintues and the feathers seemed to come off easy. Or at least he made it look easy and quick. But they say skinless chicken is better for you lol [​IMG]
  4. Bossroo

    Bossroo Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    Skin allows the chicken to retain more moisture in the muscle while cooking, therefore not so chewey and more tender. Besides, skin is where the flavor is concentrated in ! YUM !!! [​IMG]
  5. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    I am a lazy processor of my meaties... DH does em in and skins em. I cut all the meat off. The carcass with all the yummies still inside go in a bag in the freezer for doggy treats. Done.
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I pluck. Chickens do not skin as easy as a rabbit (rabbits are like peeling a bannana and have spoiled me [​IMG] ).

    I heat water up in a turkey fryer - to 155 degrees. Dip the bird for a count of 20 or so, then try pulling a wing feather. If the wing feather slides out easy, pull the bird from the hot water - dunk in cold water for a few seconds (cools the skin to stop cooking/scalding) and then hang. If the wing feather does not pull easy, dip a little longer and try again. Most feathers can now be whiped right off the bird - little to no actual plucking (wings and tail).
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Click here for a great tutorial video on skinning chickens. It also shows a great way to gut & clean them out.

    However, when I tried this method of skinning, found it too tiresome for me. I guess I lack the arm strength to do it as easily as that guy does in the video. I found myself struggling to remove the slippery skin off the ends of the drumsticks & the wings were especially difficult to do. It was like trying to wrestle a really tight snowsuit off a fat little kid. And then there would be tiny bits of feather chaff getting stuck on the sticky surface of the skinned meat, and those were almost impossible to wash away later.

    I pluck like HorseFeathers describes, and I too find it really easy to do. Once you get a good scald on the bird then plucking is almost as easy as cleaning the lint out of the clothes dryer trap.
  8. jason_mazzy

    jason_mazzy Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    I just did a drake today. and I think the hardest part was getting a good scald on them. Being waterproof, the soap was not penetrating as fast as I thought it would. BTW they have alot of down LOL. But after I got a few patches bare, the scald got into the other feathers much easier. It was still some work but I did find they pulled out nice. Alot like a young grass bed, just the tiniest of resistance
  9. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    Quote:put a few drops of dish soap ion teh scald water;)
  10. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    Gilroy, CA
    Quote:Interesting! We did a rooster and those feathers had resistance, maybe we didn't get a really good scald.

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