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How to remove feathers from chicken?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM

I just opened and defrosted the bags of pastured chicken I got from a CSA. The whole chicken is looking good. I got a bag of chicken wings too, and there are still many fine hairs and feathers on it. What's the best way to remove them? I don't want to lose all the skin, as that kind of defeats the purpose of chicken wings.

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D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on April 15, 2011
at 04:36 AM

Just baked them in a cast iron filled with ghee, garlic and a spicy rub I made. Twas good!

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on April 15, 2011
at 01:27 AM

wow! 45 min! that WAS a lot. so now whatcha gonna do with it? curiosity always gets the best of me.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on April 15, 2011
at 12:46 AM

Thanks all! 45 mins later, after blanching, pulling, tweezing and singeing, they're ready to go.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:59 PM

There are a lot actually. Just was hard to photograph. I will try the cold dip first - thanks! There are also some wisp hairs that I couldn't photograph. I might have to use a tweezers on those.

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:54 PM

My hubby is a bird hunter and I've defeathered many a duck. Gotta pull those sturdier ones after blanching. But if there a really fine hairs just singe them off over your gas stove-match-lighter-campfire.

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:47 PM

Like Ryan said, dip the chicken once or twice in how water for a couple of seconds, and you should be able to pluck the feathers easily. A pair of tweezers may help with the slippery ones. Burn very fine feathers on the open stove.

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:37 PM

nice color on that bird. Doesn't look like you have too many feathers there, run the wings under some cool water and pull them out. They should come out fairly easily. Sometimes there's a hmm, how to describe it... a tubelike white thingy that gets left behind in the pore, you can pull those out too. just pinch em out with your fingernails.

boiling water works too, just don't dip the bird into the water for too long, just a quick dip - i'm just not sure you will even need to do that with what little you have there.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:59 PM

There are a lot actually. Just was hard to photograph. I will try the cold dip first - thanks! There are also some wisp hairs that I couldn't photograph. I might have to use a tweezers on those.

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on April 14, 2011
at 11:33 PM

What I used to do with my dad when I was growing up is boil a pot of water, dip chicken in then once you pull it out you could pluck the feathers off. However it would leave a small amount, but should work for you.

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on November 11, 2012
at 02:15 PM

I can do it with my hands and the skin remains intact, i have been doing it for five years now, a hen takes me 2 minutes and a cork takes me 4 minutes. It's my job, it's what i do for a living. we clean all chicken consumed in Kampala city.

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