Sorry, another processing question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by seabreeze, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. seabreeze

    seabreeze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've butchered our birds, dunked them in cold water but how in the world do you get them so the meat is soft and pliable (like store bought chicken) and the legs tuck neatly (and elastically) against the sides of the bird? Every time we go to put them in the freezer when we are done, their legs are sticking straight out like tree limbs instead of tucked to the sides.

    also, once I put one in a pot to cook, it seems the meat is pretty stringy so is there a secret to keeping/getting the meat soft and pliable after butchering? thanks!
     
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to let them sit long enough that rigor mortis has passed -- about 24 hours in the fridge. They will go through this stage, and then gradually relax again.
     
  3. seabreeze

    seabreeze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, thanks, will give that a try.
     
  4. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, remember that chicken in the store has been sitting in the cooler for quite a while before you take it home and cook it. That's what causes the tenderizing. Same thing with steaks, actually. They need to be aged.
     
  5. Roccomanchickens

    Roccomanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, most store bought chicken has been injected with tenderizer and salt. This will change the texture of the meat.
     
  6. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just be glad your birds don't end up like that store bought mush. If you find the birds tough just tweak your cooking methods at little slower and more moisture plus a little aging.

    To get them to come out to like store bought they are going to need to be raised in cramped conditions that limit movment and jam food in 24/7 just to get them to processing in 42 days. Then water chilled to add as much weight as possible for sale. Plus let it sit in a transport truck and store shelf for days until it is 2-3 days short of rotten.
     
  7. seabreeze

    seabreeze Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, all my flocks are free range/pasture fed so cramping them is not my style [​IMG]

    Thanks everyone!
     
  8. TomGallopavo

    TomGallopavo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you eat real chicken, you will not want it to taste like store bought chicken...when your house is filled with the smell of CHICKEN, you will assimilate...assimilate...assimilate...
     
  9. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm finding that my lean cockerels have more of the straight leg issue than my pullets, which have much more fat on them. (Dual purpose breeds)
     
  10. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let them rest in the fridge for a few days before freezing them.
     

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