Resting a Chicken

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by indigo flats, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After you butcher a chicken you are suppose to let it rest in a refrigerator for a couple days before eating or freezing it. My question is can I rest it in a cooler of ice and water for a couple of days and this be the same effect that the refrigerator does? Sorry if I am posting in wrong forum.
     
  2. WesleyBeal

    WesleyBeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, you're supposed to rest the bird for 2 to 3 days, to give rigor mortis time to pass. Check the bird, and when it's easier to bend the leg, you're done.

    How cool you keep the bird has to do with sanitation. Too cold and rigor mortis will take longer (I think). So refrigerator temps are preferred for safety.

    Others might know the details on how temperatures affect how long you have to rest the bird.

    You didn't mention how old the rooster was. It's my understanding that young broilers don't need this resting.

    The whole point is to avoid a too-tough bird after cooking. So if you were making stock, I don't think you'd need to rest it.

    We culled a rooster a while back, and chose to just boil it down for soup and stock that same day. I don't think it would be necessary to rest a bird to do that.

    You can also cook the bird before rigor mortis sets in, and avoid the resting process.
     
  3. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chickens will be 8 weeks old. I know to rest two three days but will a cooler with ice and water work to rest them in.
     
  4. WesleyBeal

    WesleyBeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should. I would try to keep the air temp closer to 40°, rather than in the water which would be 32°, by placing the chickens on top of something.

    However I'd also keep looking for feedback from others, as I'm not sure 8 week old chickens really need to be rested.
     

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