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Old 01-20-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

It said something about "giblets" on the package and that totally freaks me out. . . Are these going to be loose or in some sort of bag??? How do I get them "out"?

I'm totally grossed out by the thought of this, but I HAVE to cook this tonight or it goes to waste (b/c I already froze and thawed it).

ALSO, how would I cook this? Can I just throw it in my deep covered baker and in the oven???

ANY input on both topics would be appreciated!!!

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Old 01-20-2009, 01:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

Yep, the giblets are just inside the bird. When you wash the bird, just reach in and pull them out. It's really not that nasty.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

I need to "wash" it??? Are they loose or in a bag??? (I just need to know what to prepare myself for )
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:33 PM   #4
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

It's not it's butt, either, it's down the neck.

For cooking we usually use a rotisserie but it's easy to do in the oven, too. I'd google "cooking whole fryer" or something.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

They're usually in a bag, but not always. It's the neck you reach into and yes, you'll have to put your hand in there and get them out.

Rub some salt and poultry seasoning (sage, rosemary, thyme, whatever you like) inside the cavity, put it in your cooker and bake. I like to rub some butter under the skin or inside as well, but I don't mind dietary fat at all, if you're avoiding that then of course skip the butter. OH, an onion, chopped in large pieces and tucked inside flavors really well too as does garlic. I'm not sure the temp, I usually use my crockpot.

When you've taken the meat off to eat, stick the whole carcass back into a large pot of water with that onion, some chopped celery if you have it, and some more salt and herbs -- bring to a boil and simmer for a few hours and you'll have WONDERFUL broth to freeze for soups.

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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

Sometimes loose, more often in a bag. They're parts that some people like to eat, or feed to their animals, or make stock or gravy from, like the neck and liver and heart.
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

I wonder if I could get Noah to do this. . . I have a weird phobia of sticking my hands inside of things If my garbage disposal clogs, just forget about it. . .

Any chance I could just shake them out???

jewelmcjem. . . that does sound really yummy!!!!
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

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I need to "wash" it??? Are they loose or in a bag??? (I just need to know what to prepare myself for )
Yep, you definitely want to wash the bird. You can just run it under the tap.

Whether they giblets are loose or in a bag will vary based on brand, etc. I've had them both ways.
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

They're not always in the neck. Sometimes they're in the main cavity. You do have to open everything up and rinse all the nooks and crannies. Sometimes you'll even find bits of organ left sticking to the ribs, and will need to manually scrape it out, with your hand. Pat it dry with paper towels after you've rinsed it.
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

when I buy a whole chicken, if there are giblets, they're in a bag in the main cavity (the butt). I think I have seen bits of organ sticking in there, but I never bother to scrape them out I also never pat it dry.

I do them in the crockpot. I have a great spice rub recipe, or I'll cook it pretty plain and shred it up for use in other recipes, like soups or casseroles.
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I think I have seen bits of organ sticking in there, but I never bother to scrape them out
I am super sensitive to the taste, particularly liver, and it has ruined birds for me in the past to have little bits left. It can make the whole bird taste like liver to me.
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Default Re: Whole Fryer -- Do I have to take stuff out of it's B*tt?

Hrm. . . I attempted this before I read the last three posts. . . So, I rinsed out the inside, but didn't necessarily get all the nooks and crannys and I definitely didn't do any scraping. . .

Noah wouldn't stick his hand in their either, so I used a pair of tongs to pull out what I could and then I melted butter and garlic together and put some Asian Seasoning on it. . .

would you say it is more important to wash the inside or the outside, because I just basically rinsed the bird but I didn't scrub under it's armpits or anything. . . Is that OK???

You know. . . I was raised on a farm and I have to say my mom would be ASHAMED of me for being such a "girl" and asking all of these questions I supposed I should have paid a bit more attention, eh?
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:23 PM   #13
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I never wash my chickens. I've read it's totally unnecessary and can lead to contamination (you then have potential salmonella/campylobacter all over your sink.) I'm interested to know why people wash the chickens, though, in case I'm missing something.
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I never wash my chickens. I've read it's totally unnecessary and can lead to contamination (you then have potential salmonella/campylobacter all over your sink.) I'm interested to know why people wash the chickens, though, in case I'm missing something.


op: if you wear nitrile gloves, or put your hand inside a bag to grab the giblets you can invert the bag around them after pulling them out and not actually touch them.
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ROFL! For some reason the idea of anyone scrubbing under a chicken's "armpits" has me in stitches.
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