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Old Oct 5, 2008, 12:36 pm   #1
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Cleaning a Hen

I was just curious on how people clean a Hen! What is the proper way to clean a hen? What works for you?
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Old Oct 5, 2008, 1:57 pm   #2
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Re: Cleaning a Hen

I break off fronds, then break them in half. You need to be able to get a toothbrush or fingernail or something into the little crooks and crannys. My kids bought me a 'mushroom' brush. It has bristles and it has a sharp pointer that allows me to remove any of the grit that seems to grow into the pores.

I generally do not save alot of the base. Some of that can be bitter.

Basically I scrub, pick and scrape every surface. Break it into smaller pieces, so you can be thorough.

I have been drying all my hens this year. I guess we have eaten fresh twice but I have had the dehydrator going non-stop for a week it seems.

Hope you can pull something of use out of this blathering reponse!

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Old Oct 5, 2008, 3:55 pm   #3
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Like Ed said Ted, If You see something, anywhere, that you don't want to eat, you have got to get rid of it. Especially if you know what some of this stuff is or where it came from.

I have cleaned hens in the 8 to 15 pound class that didn't take more then 15 minutes. And on the other hand, had to toss some in the 1 1/2 to 5 pound class that just weren't meant to be cut,unless you are really,really desperate to get enough for a meal,if at the end of hours and hours of cleaning your bowl is still halve full,you start to wonder.

just my 2 cent's worth Ted,i learned the hard way.
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Old Oct 5, 2008, 8:17 pm   #4
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Re: Cleaning a Hen

Thanks guys.... I finally found my first Hens today. Found 3 at the base of a really old old oak. Gonna be cleaning them and firing up the dehydrator tonight....

By the way,,,, It was well worth the wait...

Thanks all.
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Old Oct 5, 2008, 9:54 pm   #5
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Pretty much the same as mentioned above. Scrub a dub dub is the main thing. I haven't dehydrated mine, though. I cook the moisture out of them and then partially saute' them in butter. Package them up in meal size bags, squeeze out all the air, and pack 'em away for a cold snowy night in February!
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Re: Cleaning a Hen

Thanks. I do about the same thing here when I get one. But I soak them first in the sink. If it's late I soak them over night. I have never dehydrated one. I have a huge unit for making jerky. How do you prepare them to dry and for how long?
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Old Oct 7, 2008, 6:01 pm   #7
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Does leaving the one I found a few days ago in a paper bag in the breezway count as dehydrating? OOOPS, just got too busy and did not even put it in the refrigerator. Now after reading the above posts, I'm wondering if it was a bad idea to put my "first ever" awsome/super clean hen in ziplock bags - uncooked - fresh - straight into the freezer. Mike
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Old Oct 7, 2008, 11:34 pm   #8
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You can put Hen's straight into the freezer uncleaned, Mike. I used to do that. I only had two problems with that...First, when you took them out and thawed them, they turned into a sloppy mess. Still cooked up well, but just a pain to handle. Second, I hated to have to spend the time cleaning them when I was HUNGRY! LOL I like pulling them out of the freezer, thawing, throwing them in a pan, and then topping a big, fat Porterhouse!
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Old Oct 9, 2008, 5:30 am   #9
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After I cleaned my first find (4 hrs.) that night I dreamt I put them in the washer on delicate cycle. Now wondering if that would work. Might of been to many 's afterwards I dont know.
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Old Oct 9, 2008, 10:37 am   #10
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Washer why Not. You would need to use a mesh bag! I do remember, after my dad got old and lost his teeth, he would spend less and less time cleaning the Hens. I wonder why!!! See what you have to look forward too!!!
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