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suziequeue

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Meat packaging
« on: November 26, 2011, 07:17:04 am »
We are planning to start doing our own chicken in the near future and I am thinking about batch despatch and freezing the carcasses.

Does anybody do this? and if so what wrapping/packaging is best to use?

Currently we vacuum pack our bacon and just freeze the sausages in those thin plastic butchers bags knotted at the top.

I quite like the idea of vacuum packing the chicken carcasses on polystyrene trays but this may be pie in the sky.

Any advice welcome

thanks
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Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2011, 09:17:10 am »
We just double-bag ours with freezer bags which works fine for us.

But they are just for our own consumption and we only do a dozen at a time.

manian

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2011, 09:24:01 am »
we do ours with normal freezer bags..... average dressed weight 8.5-10 lb. not sure about what to do with turkeys tho' ::)
we usually do 2 a day and rolling programme
eg day 1 kill 2
     day 2 kill 2 dress day 1's..
     ..etc....etc



makes it more manageable for us as we are not that quick yet!!!! ;D
Mx

themasterbutcher

  • Joined Oct 2011
Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2011, 01:19:53 pm »
Keep it simple and cheap, use loose polybags, most of the good freerange commercial people use this method.
Poultry does not keep in a vac pack very well and tends to get squashed when the machine seals. Other option is an overwrapper with the chicken on a poly tray.

robert waddell

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Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 01:24:27 pm »
if you are freezing it will need to be blast frozen :farmer:

manian

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 05:14:36 pm »
if you are freezing it will need to be blast frozen :farmer:
why blast frozen robert??
(and what is blast freezing)
Mx

robert waddell

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Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 05:19:23 pm »
if selling to the public  frozen             it freezes very very quick :farmer:

manian

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2011, 05:24:42 pm »
phew.........
was getting worried then.... we only eat ours
thanks
Mxx

Eve

  • Joined Jul 2010
Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2011, 06:13:48 pm »
Blast frozen meals taste pretty much like fresh meals (as opposed to those horrible 'normal' ready / frozen meals), so presumably it'd be the same for meat.  :thumbsup:

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Meat packaging
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2011, 08:40:38 pm »
Yes - we are only doing it for home consumption.

Poly bags will be fine I think

THanks all for your advice.

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