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What temperature of the water when you are ready to pluck a chicken?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by FF, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. FF

    FF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello. At what temperature does the water need to be when you are getting ready to pluck a chicken by hand? And how long does it need to be in there? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    About 160*F. I dip it in, pull it out, dip it back, shake it around a little until I can easily pull out the wing feathers. Then it is ready.
     
  3. FF

    FF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks you very much [​IMG]
     
  4. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try 140 degrees. I recently used this temperature and found several advantages:

    1. Easier on my hands while dunking
    2. Easier to handle birds after dunking
    3. No ripping of birds' skin
    4. Feathers easily removed.

    My 2 cents
     
  5. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for us, 153 degrees seems to be best.

    try a few, play around with the temp (to an extant), and see what you like and what works best for YOU! [​IMG] as you can see, there is no single "right" answer!

    ETA guess my thermometer is off... as i have yet to "cook" a bird's skin (or even come close to it) at 153*. these birds go to others and i have never had a single complaint, only raves on how beautiful they look and how nice and clean the plucking job is. that temperature definitely doesn't make for an ugly dressed bird here.
     
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  6. petrelline

    petrelline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I scald at 150 or higher the pin feathers are harder to remove, and the black pin feathers leave spots on the skin. It also seems to cook the skin a little, which makes for an ugly dressed bird (I don't care, but I'm selling chickens now and the prettier I can make them the better.)

    I have better luck at 140-145. Takes a little longer, but the quality overall is better.
     
  7. karl E lutz

    karl E lutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just did 20 and I did put your hand in 3 seconds only and its ready! wing feathers pull easily!
     
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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  9. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to agree with Salt and Light & petrelline. 140 - 145 degrees, dunk and swirl, pull from water and test. When the feathers come off easily, it's ready. I also use a plucker.
     

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