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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cestial225, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. cestial225

    cestial225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my husband just process two of our bantam cochins. They are all cleaned up so I just stuck them in ziplock gallon bags and put them in the fridge. Is that what most people do when they say they are resting the chicken? How long should I let it rest in the fridge before putting cooking it or freezing? Thanks!
     
  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't need to wait. I've slaughtered chickens and either we cook them then or freeze them for later.

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  3. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I either rest it in the fridge for 2 days before cooking or put it right in the freezer. The way I look at it, it takes two days for a frozen bird to thaw anyway, so that's when it can do its resting/relaxing.

    You just don't want to cook up a freshly butchered bird immediately, the rigamortis has set in and makes the meat extremely tough. The resting period is just giving time for the muscles to relax after death.
     

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