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DorsetScott



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 4:40 pm    Post subject: Help with gutting/cleaning a goose Reply with quote
    

Hi all. Long time no speak, life seems to get in the way of getting online, but as always I need to raid your wealth of knowledge.
Couldn't work out the right section for this, so thought I'd try here.

Long story short I managed to get a long neck goose for Christmas this year as I wanted the neck to make salami with. I've previously just done a terrine with the innards which works well. I've just picked it up and other than being plucked the entire goose is intact, head, guts and all.

So my question is, how do you gut/clean a goose ready for roasting?

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Like this but bigger.

Nice to see you by the way.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well I found the best way is to hang it by it's feet and pluck the feathers. You do this by pulling downwards. Once that is done you can chop off the head, wings and feet, then make cut in the bottom area big enough to get your hand in to pull out the innards.

Give it a wash and Bobs your uncle.

DorsetScott



Joined: 23 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Cheers for the link Sean, looks good and helpful to have actual pictures to follow.

And you too Sarge, for some reason I couldn't get my head around which end to "clear it out" from.

Hopefully I'll be able to post a "I did it" message tomorrow rather than "I've just cut my hand off" or an "I may be eating a veggie christmas dinner"

It's good to be back, hopefully I'll be able to lurk for a while again. Finding I can't get online at work nowadays, the downtime seems to have all but dissapeared. Then outside of work I've been investing a lot of time in my foraging. I'm hoping this time next year I'll be able to start running some small local courses as a starting point to get out of office work. When not doing that, it's the allotment, or the kids, or the homebrew and everything else.
Still all good fun though

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

On a large table...

DorsetScott



Joined: 23 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
On a large table...


Judging by the wife's reaction to the bird it'll be a large table outside.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Post step by step pictures of process or wounds.

DorsetScott



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Depending on how it turns out could be a "how to" or a "how not to"

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You also need to make a cut alongside the neck to get the crop out.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

In all seriousness, I peel the bird, vertical slit up the abdomen, get in and hoik everything out, when you get to the crop / various pipes in the neck cut through them wherever is handy to remove the crop from either end.
For the legs, try to break the joints and cut through the ligaments (as opposed to breaking a bone).

DorsetScott



Joined: 23 Oct 2011
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Location: Bournemouth
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ty Gwyn wrote:
You also need to make a cut alongside the neck to get the crop out.


Is it better to do that before or after the guts etc?

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

And take the wish bone out before cooking.

DorsetScott



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 14 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
In all seriousness, I peel the bird, vertical slit up the abdomen, get in and hoik everything out, when you get to the crop / various pipes in the neck cut through them wherever is handy to remove the crop from either end.
For the legs, try to break the joints and cut through the ligaments (as opposed to breaking a bone).


I take the whole legs off for confit and like to keep the thigh on for that. Guessing will just take the feet off and be done with the legs

DorsetScott



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 14 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well I did it! It may not have been done elegantly, but the insides are outside, the legs are off, neck is skinned ready for salami, gizzard is clean, heart is prepared and there's a massive amount of fat to be rendered. And I didn't injure myself.
I'm chuffed with how it turned out for my very first attempt and noone to show me what to do in person. Couldn't get during pics as my hands were covered in goose fat, but I did a before and after which I'll probably get round to posting later.

Thanks for all the advice guys! Now to bottle some wine. THAT I know how to do

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 14 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Glad to hear you got it sorted Scott. It will taste all the sweeter tomorrow.

Yeah the amount of fat is ridiculous isn't it. We chopped it up in to small piece's and froze it. Used it over the year for roasties and sortie potatoes.

Have a great Christmas.

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