dudejcb wrote:parrafin works really well but it's a pain, so I just use a propane torch or my propane Bunson burner (for frying turkeys) to singe the last of the down feathers,
cajunsticker wrote:Do ya'll like the skin on the duck? why not skin them?
dudejcb wrote:pluck, then singe, then gut.
parrafin works really well but it's a pain, so I just use a propane torch or my propane Bunson burner (for frying turkeys) to singe the last of the down feathers, o nce I've hand plucked all the big feathers. singe outdoors... it smells like burnt hair.
Also, leave the wings and feet on till after you singe so you can move the wings and legs to get at and singe those arm- and leg-pit down feathers...
jehler wrote:duckjumper turned me on to plucking some of the birds instead of skinning them all in a thread last year and its worth it i think, i dont pluck every bird but when i get a fat one that isnt shot up it gets plucked. i have since tried the singe method, and jcb i got you beat i used a propane shrink wrap gun 150,000 btu i think, three foot flame, ive done the hand pull and wax method worked but is tedious. then i looked in to the plucker machines, they look like a washtub with a bunch of big rubber fingers inside, big money and are meant for three or four birds at once, alot of trouble if your not doing a hundred birds. anyway talked to a guy online that built his own and was telling me how well it works if the birds are properly scalded. scalded? he went on to tell me how you take the birds, his were farm birds, kill them and dip them in a big pot of 145 to 165 degree water, cooler if the birds are just killed hotter if they have cooled. then shake the hell out of the birds under water until the wing feathers pull out easy. he had a metal thing that held the birds so you dont get scalded yourself. he also puts a couple drops of dawn or some kind of soap in the water so it gets through the feathers and to the skin faster. it really works, takes a minute or three depending on the bird but when i did it alot of the feathers just wiped off, even got the stubborn ones under the wing joints and that. well worth a try especially for you guys already heating water for the wax
following is a link to the "whizbang chicken scalder" looks kinda mean http://www.thedeliberateagrarian.blogsp ... matic.html
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