processed my first birds -

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BairleaFarm, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    A little different in person verses reading about it lol. Everything went well except the skin tore will removing the legs and debowling. Would this most likely be cause by them being dipped in too hot of water? also. If Cornish crosses don't free range will the meat be tenderer?


  2. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    Congrats on your first processing!!

    You processed and ate it the same day? If you let the meat rest in the fridge for a couple days - it should help with the toughness.

    Lemme borrow that chicken' spinnin' machine you got. I could put that to good use. [​IMG]
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    those are great looking birds!
  4. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    Started slaughtering at 4pm. They were in the rotisserie by 515. Ill let them rest overnight before I eat the next set.
  5. Jschaaff

    Jschaaff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2011
    New Hampshire
    Quote:Nice job [​IMG] ! Ohh those chickens look so good. I started researching rotisseries last night! So hard to know what to buy, because there are so very many! Would you mind sharing the model number of your Ronco? I really wanted to just get the 4000, but, figured since the 6000 has a higher wattage, maybe I should look into that one...

    Okay...truth is, I've been begging hubby to build me a spit for our outdoor fire. But, as much as I seem to love making extra work for myself, I can't not fathom, that I'm going to sit there and turn that thing each minute, for I would need a motor.... And since hubbys eyes get kind of vacant when I mention the spit...and he suddenly has some part of the yard that's gotta be mowed. Again. ...i highly doubt it's gonna happen. ... So, would LOVE to find a kick-butt rotisserie that is worth the money!

    Mmm just looked are your pictures again, you did a great job! It's only 6:33am, but now I'm hungry for chicken!

    Also, my water was way too high, but no skin breakage...I think it turned my skin a little more yellow than everyone elses seems quite white, and mine looked a bit yellow. Well, the processed chickens' skin of course [​IMG].

  6. mcf3kids

    mcf3kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Congrats - looks like you did a great job based on the final picture of your yummy meal [​IMG]
  7. EMAW

    EMAW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2010
    SW Michigan
    Quote:Great looking birds and it looks like you did a really good job cleaning them up.

    As far as resting the meat, you need to wait 72 hours after you are done processing before you eat them. This will allow the meat to relax and naturally become more tender. I have a deer that hung in the butchers refrigerator for 6 days, it is some of the most tender wildgame meat I have ever eaten.

    Good luck with the rest of them.
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Great job, I let my first one rest for 3 days. I love the cooker. They look so yummy. [​IMG]
  9. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Looks fantastic!
  10. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    Ill have to get the model number when im over at my mothers. Its hers. I dont even know what they cost. She got it for 5$ at an auction. I think im ready for the next round. aannnnnd my birds skin was more yellow than white as well. I guess because it was slightly cooked.

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