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 Preparing Poultry for your Freezer

Poultry is easy to freeze as a whole or half bird.

The only point to remember is that a whole or half bird may have sharp edges so these need careful preparation before freezing.

If you are freezing a whole bird, set the fast freeze feature to on a couple of hours before putting the bird in the freezer. Whole and half chickens will keep in the freezer for up to 9 months.

We have assumed the bird has been prepared for cooking. Make sure you remove any giblets which have been stored in the body cavity.

Half or Whole Bird?
If you plan to use the chicken or turkey for a roast then it's best to freeze the bird whole.

But if plan to use smaller portions then cutting the bird in two makes better use of freezer space. Click here for detailed instructions on how to joint a chicken. Just follow the steps until the bird is cut into two.


Chicken with protected sharp edges Half or whole birds often have sharp edges, especially legs and joints. Use string to tie up the bird so that as many sharp edges as possible are protected.

For those sharp edges that remain, tear off strips of kitchen foil and fold them four or five times. Wrap the folded foil around the sharp edges to prevent them puncturing the packaging.


Fresh chicken ready for freezing Wrap the bird twice in kitchen foil excluding as much air as possible.

Mark up a large freezer bag and place the covered chicken inside. Gather up the open end of the bag and suck out the air with a straw. Seal the bag with a tie. Place the bird in the fast freeze section of your freezer.

 

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