What do you do with the chicken after you have processed it?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bubbazmommy, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Songster

    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, ME
    I am embarrased to admit that we did our first chicken last weekend and we tore it up. [​IMG] My husband let the scalding water get to hot and then when he put the chicken in the plucker it tore up the skin so he skinned it. Then we ate it. Wel I baked it first. It was awful. So then I read somewhere that we should have kept in the fridge for a couple of days or something. What do you guys do??
  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    When we butcher our chickens I usually leave them in ice water for about 4 to 6 hrs before we bag them and put them in the freezer. It seems to help the bird to not be so tough.
  3. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I usually soak mine in ice water for a few hours then put them in the frig for 2 days.
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Quote:I generally eat them. [​IMG]

    For sure get it chilled to 38 F as quickly as you can (ice water), then let it age at least a day in the fridge before eating it.
  5. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    When you put it in the fridge for the day, it's to let the meat rest, so it's not so tough. An old cookbook says to make a tough rooster fit to cook, soak it overnight in buttermilk.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Oh, and if your meat bird was "old", such as an excess roo instead of a cornish x, he may need to be slow cooked.
  7. roosmom

    roosmom Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    upper peninsula
    Dont be embarrased, we were all there at some point or another.
    Since I was canning the chickens, I baked mine the next day, it was delicious. So I do not know why it was so it was so tough. We didnt really mess our first ones up, we messed our second batch up, LOL. We'll learn. [​IMG]
  8. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    if you get it right the first time, somewhere along the way, you missed a step. Like when ya fix your car, it runs great, but you got 3 extra pieces.
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yup, good to let it rest and let the rigor pass fully out of the muscles (like, overnight); and if this was a regular normal chicken, and full grown, it will be more flavorful but more, um, springy-textured <g> (="tough") than anything you've ever gotten from a supermarket. Full grown 'regular chickens', i.e. not broilers, need to be cooked with slow moist heat, not fried or roasted the regular way.

    Brining, or marinating in buttermilk for a while, will also help tenderize an adult bird somewhat.

    Good luck, it's a learning curve, heaven knows I'm still on it,

  10. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Songster

    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, ME
    It was about a 6 mo extra roo. We have 5 more to do this weekend. So I should throe them immediately into a cooler of ice water and then put in fridge for a day or two and then freeze or cook. Then when I cook it, it would be best to slow cook or bake in (BBQ) sauce or marinade it. Do I have the right idea??

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