How to keep cooked chook?

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DaveZ
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How to keep cooked chook?

Post by DaveZ » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:18 am

I'm getting a few (6) chooks ready for Christmas dinner, but I need to cook them a week ahead of time. What's the best way to keep them in good condition until Christmas dinner? A bit worried that freezing will dry them out. 4 of the chooks will be brined and a couple marinated.

Cheers,
Dave.


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Re: How to keep cooked chook?

Post by Groovy Gorilla » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:58 pm

I would worry that fridgeing them for a week is too long and they will taste fridgey
Cryovac and freeze would be your best bet.
If it was me I would change plans and not keep cooked chooks for a week.
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Re: How to keep cooked chook?

Post by DaveZ » Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:42 pm

Same. But work schedule won't allow it I'm afraid. Looks like I'll just have to survive with what comes out on the defrost cycle. Shame because I know how damn nice they are freshly cooked.

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Re: How to keep cooked chook?

Post by Smokey » Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:30 pm

You can do this, But its not the droids you are looking for.
There are two ways I would go about it if I was In your shoes.

1) Ham them and proper smoke them till cooked then cryovac, Will be perfect in a week.
2) Confit, Cut into pieces and slow cook in fat. Store in fridge covered in fat.

A few other options, Get (Ask) someone to cook them for you? I did that once while on a 24 hour construction shift one Xmas eve. Got my mate to cook a turkey in my weber kettle that I dropped off to his house.
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Re: How to keep cooked chook?

Post by DaveZ » Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:35 pm

Actually thought about getting someone else to cook them for me, about 2 hours after I put 4 birds in brine goddammit... What's my end product likely to be like? Smoked cardboard?

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Re: How to keep cooked chook?

Post by Smokey » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:51 pm

DaveZ wrote:Actually thought about getting someone else to cook them for me, about 2 hours after I put 4 birds in brine goddammit... What's my end product likely to be like? Smoked cardboard?
Are they defrosted birds? If not just continue the brine, Rinse and freeze. Defrost the day before.
If they are defrosted birds I'm afraid you need to cook them Within a few days depending on how cold your fridge is. Maybe three days.
The brine will hold through freezing, Not Ideal but your out of luck my friend. What brine mix/ % did you use?
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Re: How to keep cooked chook?

Post by Groovy Gorilla » Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:53 pm

Chuck a sickie and cook them later in the week
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Re: How to keep cooked chook?

Post by DaveZ » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:03 pm

Brined them, smoked them, then froze them for almost a week. They weren't as juicy as a freshly cooked one but were pretty damn good just the same and got rave reviews so all good :)

Cheers,
Dave.


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