resting the chicken...


6 Years
Apr 8, 2013
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!
You don't need to wait. I've slaughtered chickens and either we cook them then or freeze them for later.

HS Pye
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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