Weren’t the good old days awesome? Now your chicken is dead and it certainly doesn’t look ready to cook like one in the freezer at Wal-Mart! What to do, what to do?
You will need:
Step 1: Submerse chicken in bucket of hot water and swish it around for about a minute.
Step 2: Test by pulling out a few tail feathers to see how easy they are to remove.
Step 3: Remove any remaining hair “pins” or “pin feathers” by moving chicken quickly over a small flame. Just be careful and not heat the meat.
Step 4: The feet and lower legs can be removed by making a cut at the knee and breaking the joint by bending backward. Leg tendons may have to be pulled out with a pair of pliers.
Step 5: Thoroughly wash chicken. Scrape yellow skin and pin feathers off with the back of a knife.
Step 6: Tie a knot in the two tubes protruding from the neck. Pull it out as far as you can without tearing it and cut it loose from the chicken. Be careful not to spill any of the contents.
Step 7: Remove the oil sac from just above the tail by cutting in from both ends.
Step 8: Between the breastbone and vent make a small incision and cut all around the vent until it is completely loose. Try to not cut any of the entrails.
Step 9: The chicken’s gizzard is hard and almost round. Locate this in the cavity and firmly pull it out. Most of the rest of the innards will come out with this. Be sure there are no remains inside from either end. The lungs may have to be removed separatly, they are up by the ribs. Thoroughly rinse out the cavity with water.
At this point, you make the decision to continue dealing with this carcass and try to cut it into recognizable pieces, or you ponder the many possibilities of cooking it whole. Baking it like a mini turkey, broiling like Wal-mart, grilling, or just boiling. After cooking the meat it can be used in a variety of tasty ways, casseroles, salads, sandwiches, soup, and even dumplings. Cooked, diced chicken can be frozen and kept on hand for easy meal preparation.
We are so spoiled by this day we live in. This gives me a new appreciation for my ancestors, and for the life that I’m privileged to live today. I could do this if I had to, but my, I’m thankful I don’t have to!!