Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

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Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

Post: #285281 Annemieke
Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:43 pm

I just got given a dead chicken by the neighbours. I'm very keen to make stock from it. I have experience of plucking pheasants but in that case I use them for meat. This chicken is too old for that.
I know you hang pheasants, but do you hang a chicken also, and how long for? And then I suppose I pluck it, and then cut it up and make stock the usual way?
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Re: Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

Post: #285282 Odsox
Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:42 pm

If it's old and been dead for a while, that is it's now cold, it will be difficult to pluck without dipping in very hot water.
Best bet would be to skin it instead, especially as you are not planning on roasting it. It's easy enough to skin, once you've made a start most of it can be pulled off like a sweater, the only part where it's really attached is down the backbone, the wings and tail.
This time of year I personally wouldn't hang it for longer than necessary, deal with it tomorrow.

If you cover it in cold water, bring it to the boil and simmer gently for an hour to an hour and a half, you will find the meat is lovely and tender, plus you'll still have loads of stock as well.
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Re: Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

Post: #285283 doofaloofa
Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:47 pm

When you say old, Annemieka, do you mean aged, or long dead?
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Re: Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

Post: #285285 diggernotdreamer
Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:57 pm

Yeh, did it just die or did someone actually despatch it???

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Re: Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

Post: #285288 Annemieke
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:39 pm

It was dead for no longer than a day. I am hanging it for another day and hope to try and pluck it tomorrow (Saturday), put it in water with some vinegar and cook it on Sunday morning. Does that sound good?
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Re: Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

Post: #285300 Annemieke
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:02 am

PS I threw it out. Should not have hung it as it had been dead for a while when I got given it.
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Re: Making stock - do I hang the chicken first?

Post: #285302 Green Aura
Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:25 am

Good call. I don't think chickens are usually hung. I'm guessing your nose will have told you if it was going off, they're not shy at ponging!
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