When should i process?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by wj77, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. wj77

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    When would the best time to kill and process one of my birds if I wanted it for supper on sunday? How long in the brine and what is the brine recipe?

    Thank you
    Wes
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    For dinner on Sunday, I would process on Saturday at the latest.

    Brine for 24 hours - 1 cup salt, 1 cup sugar per gallon of water... add additional spices as desired.

    Bon appetit
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2009
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Give it as much time as you can. Do it tonight if you have time.
     
  4. wj77

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    If i process tommorrow would monday or tuesday be better?
     
  5. jaku

    jaku Songster

    The longer it sits in the fridge, the better off you are, up to the point where it starts to rot, but after a couple of days of rest, it's not going to make that much of a difference, especially if it's a young Cornish X.
     
  6. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

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    If you do it tomorrow it should be fine by Sunday. I never had any problems with my birds being tough, stringy or anything else whether they were fresh or frozen.
    I highly recommend a brine for any bird. My favorite is 1lb of salt, 1lb of honey and 1 gallon of water. Mix to dissolve salt and honey, add bird and let soak up to over night. The longer it goes the saltier it gets, so if you do not like salty foods maybe four hours would be a good place to start. However if you like it salty like I do I would let it go over night, or 8 hours. This brine makes a lot so you can reduce it to suit the number or size of the bird(s), just as long as the ratio remains the same. Good luck and good eats.
     
  7. wj77

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    The bird i'll be processing is 5 1/2 weeks old. It is the biggest of the bunch and started to limp today. I don't know if it hurt itself or if its legs are going bad because of its wieght. It probally at about 4 1/2 lbs live wieght.
     
  8. SpringChickens

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    it's so young that you shouldn't have ANY problems with tenderness. 24 hours brined should be more than enough.
     
  9. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Quote:Agree
     

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