Scalding ducks? To scald or not to scald before hand plucking a duck?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by 2buckskins, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. 2buckskins

    2buckskins Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you scald your duck before plucking, assuming you have to hand pluck?

    (This came up in my other newbie processing thread, but I wanted to post it under it's own title to hopefully get some more responses and insight.)
     
  2. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never plucked a tame duck, but plenty of wild ones. I did not scald them. I laid the duck in my lap, feet pointed toward me and using my thumb, I kinda rubbed the feathers off. They came off pretty easy and the yard looked like a pillow explosion.
     

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