Processed today- can I put directly in the freezer?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TeriS, May 13, 2011.

  1. TeriS

    TeriS Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2010
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    I am having my first batch of Cornish x's processed today. Can I put them directly into the freezer, or do I have to let them rest for a day in the refrigerator? Please advise!! Thanks!!
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    You do want to let the meat cool off before freezing. I soaked my meaties in salt water and ice overnight (butchered in evening). I'm told this helps draw out the blood. The next day mine went in the frig, and we started that evening packaging them whole and cut into pieces for the freezer. Worked into day three on it. Not sure I want to do 18 big meaties in one day again. [​IMG]
  3. sunnyvera

    sunnyvera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2010
    NE Ohio
    I have read you can let them "rest" in the fridge up to 7 days with no problem. I guess it tenderizes the meat more. I would wait 2-3 days at least.
  4. TeriS

    TeriS Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2010
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Thanks so much- we'll make sure we don't put them directly in the freezer:)
  5. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    2-3 days should be good. As always, there is a range. For food safety sake, I would not stretch it out to 7 days.
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    My processor cools mine in Ice water for about an hour, then I drive them home and put in the freezer. I "rest" them after I defrost and before I cook. This way I only have one or two at a time taking up space in the frig. They come out great.

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