Resting time before butchering?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Charlene, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Charlene

    Charlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know you should rest your chicken a few days after processing, but can I butcher it into pieces (breast, legs, etc) frist or do I have to wait past the resting time for that? Not sure how much room I have in the fridge, and I've got 10 birds to process!
     
  2. iowagrandpa

    iowagrandpa New Egg

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    I have never rested chicken, just butcher eat freeze whatever.
     
  3. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Howdy iowagrandpa and [​IMG] !
     
  4. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can cut them up if you want. I let mine age in the fridge for 2 to 3 days to let the natural enzymes in the chicken tenderize the chicken before freezing.

    Same with rabbit.
     
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  5. ChickenPotPie

    ChickenPotPie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read an article about small scale chicken farming to industrial chicken farming. The author was very thorough about everything. She is an agricultural specialist. She said to get a tender bird - chicken only needs to age 4 hrs before cooking. An over night or multi-day stay in the fridge is not needed but over night aging is convenient you've got to agree. Below is the link the the article. Go to "Aging" for a very good explanation as to why aging is important but need not be long for chicken.

    http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/poultryprocess.html
     
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  6. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is an excellent article, thank you very much!
     
  7. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ChickenPotPie I thought that article was fantastic! That whole site is very interesting. Thanks for posting it! [​IMG]
     

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