Proceesing Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ladybug4ut1, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    I am going to process some quail and have never done it before...I have a few questions......DO you have to let them sit in the fridge before freezing and how do you do gut them. I understand about the defeathering and all but needed the other information...Thanks A head of time for any information.. I just [​IMG]


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  2. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    The easiest way for me to gut them is with a spoon. If they're young, like 12 weeks, no need to let them rest in the fridge for a while. They're pretty tender just processed and cooked. Or at least I thought they were. Others may feel differently.

    We just enjoyed a chicken that we brined and let rest 24 hours before frying. Meat was super tender.

    They process easily too. Bon appetite!
     
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    This sounds horrible, but we used sharp kitchen shears and just cut their heads off. [​IMG] We decided to remove the breasts and legs, figuring there wasn't much on the wings. We just skinned them first, and then they sat in the refrigerator overnight. Then we froze them. Hubby pulled them out on T-day, and saute'd them up... very yummy.
    We haven't tried gutting them and leaving them whole, yet. I'd like to try. I would think that you could slice/cut up the breastbone and butterfly it out to gut it, too. There are a couple of threads on processing quail... SamG347 had a thread going on it, with a recipe, too... [​IMG]
     
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    scissors, scissors, scissors.

    It is fast and painless.
     
  5. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    We process our quail will a sharp pair of scissors. Just snip the head right off. Most people skin their quail because they're so small, but you can scald and pluck, their skin is delicious. Last time we did a few and put them right in the oven, didn't even brine them. They were nice and tender. But that was on 6-8 week old quail, not sure how old yours are. But you can let them brine in salt water for about 24 hours. As for gutting, it's pretty simple. Cut an "X" by their vent, stick your finger in and pull. Cut their off their oil gland, vent, etc.

    And you'll end up with this:

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  6. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Quote:Is that a Coturnix quail? jumbo?

    i have been wanting to try one of mine or when i hatch out more of them ...the jumbos that is... are they good?
     
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  7. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    Quote:Is that a Coturnix quail? jumbo?

    i have been wanting to try one of mine or when i hatch out more of them ...the jumbos that is... are they good?

    Yep that's a Jumbo Brown Coturnix. And they are delicious, one of the best meats I've ever eaten.
     
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  8. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Wow - yours are HUGE!!!! What are you feeding them???

    They are super-simple to process - I used a chef's knife to behead them, but good poultry shears work well too. I didn't need to scald - I was able to pluck them very easily. Left them whole, just need to cut from the vent to the base of the breastbone. I have little hands so getting in there wasn't much of a problem. Bigger hands would need a spoon. I did 5 in less time than it takes me to do one chicken!
     
  9. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    I need to hatch out more.. i only have 13 jumbo Coturnix quails.. i need to hatch more that way i can process some and stil have some left because i know once we start processing my brothers and dad wont stop....lol
     
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Yep - that's the way to do it - keep cycling them. I just hatched out 12 more and in a few weeks, they will replace the older ones. If only I had more room...!
     

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