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JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 10:15 pm    Post subject: Hanging birds  Reply with quote    

Head up or down? does it matter and if so which? I didn't think it did and then someone said that they should always be hung head down (he didn't know why he just thought that was the case)

Gervase



Joined: 17 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Head up, by the neck. Upside down lets the putrescing guts bear down on the breast, risking tainting the meat.

Ruralnaedowell



Joined: 11 Nov 2010
Posts: 121
Location: Welshpool
PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 10 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The trip home in the footwell of the pickup with the heater on full blast will give you that gamey tang........

Cheers

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 10 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Head down for chickens so that the blood drains into the broken neck cavity. But you don't hang them for long like you do game birds. Game birds head up.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 10 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thats spot on
To be honest, I've never really been into the hanging of game and its not something that I do. I'd argue that game tends to be tastier than domestic poultry to start with, so why the need to quite literally let it go off a bit and in some cases, a lot? Does hanging game really enhance something thats already pretty tasty ?

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 10 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bebos advice is spot on, I've always hung that way. But I have heard the alternative view, that hanging breast down is better because you get more tenderisation of the breast meat. I don't believe thats true, but is the justification I've heard for that.

The other thing I'll add is that, in my view, you just don't need long hanging for most game birds.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 10 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are many ways to make pheasants tender. Do you remember this method ?
http://forum.downsizer.net/about27732.html&highlight=pheasants

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