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Offline CatManDo

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Re: Trouble Removing Chicken Crop
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011, 05:57:19 AM »
David:

If the crops are truly empty, this works for me.
When the head has been removed and the vent cut is made, reaching way up
inside (as close to the base of the neck as possible)
you should be able to wrap both the crop tube and the esophagus tube
around your index finger.

Then crook your finger (toward your thumb)
and give a good pull. They should come right out. It takes some
practice to develop the right motions to do it efficiently. My partner
still grabs hold of them with a pair of stainless steel pliers because
he has less hand strength than I do. Whatever works...

We save chicken necks, and include them with the bird when we freeze
them along with the gizzards and hearts. We package the livers
separately, because I do love chicken livers sauteed in butter and white
wine with onions and garlic served over pasta, but I digress. Because
of that, we cut the neck very close to the head, and (once plucked)
again very close to the body. That helps make crop/esophagus removal
easier. The neck is cut off the bird prior to innards removal.
No matter what method you use, remember to rinse the bird thoroughly
after removing the innards...just because. Salmonella is no fun at all.

We have an empty side by side refrigerator in the basement we use to age
the birds 3-5 days before freezing. You may find that a couple / few
days of aging improves the tenderness of the chickens. To each their
own. Some people around here cook them immediately.

8 weeks to go, and we'll be doing 100 birds for our freezer. For us,
that's a year's supply in one weekend. 50 per day....it's a long day.

Hope that helps,
Wayne

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Trouble Removing Chicken Crop
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011, 05:46:25 AM »
I withhold feed from my chickens overnight before slaughter so the crops are empty.  Without food in them they are difficult to pull out.  Any suggestions?
David

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