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Turkey scald or dry pluck?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Azriel, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you scald turkeys for plucking? I will be butchering my 1st ever turkey in about a week, and want to do it right. Is it pretty much like doing a chicken just bigger?
     
  2. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We scalded ours last year. And yes, just like a chicken, only we needed a REALLY bid scalding pot. You can fit both hands inside a turkey!
     
  3. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, just like a chicken! [​IMG]
     
  4. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could try pithing. I pithed two chickens this weekend and was able to dry pluck them fairly easily.
     
  5. Fowl_Odor002

    Fowl_Odor002 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandpa showed us how to dry pluck a turkey once. But you have to do it while the turkey is still warm. If you let it cool down you are going to need to scald it.
     
  6. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I don't think I could do pithing, I would just be to afraid I would do it wrong.
     
  7. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We scald ours that we kept whole. Skinned the ones that we were cutting up. Our were so big we had to pour hot water into a huge garden tub (like you use to harvest veg or haul stuff around the yard).
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  8. bwmichaud

    bwmichaud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a pot big enough to scald a turkey so I also heat water to boiling and dump it into a clean garbage can. I make sure the water is hotter than what I need and then add cold water to get the exact temp.
     
  9. hitnspit

    hitnspit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After we bleedout we will dry pluck the big flight feathers and the tail feathers. There is a huge market out there for them if you can keep them in a complete set. I have not sold any yet but looking at the web i will keep them just incase i find the right person...They have many uses......jim
     

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