Poultry and Game Birds
Select only high quality, fresh poultry to freeze. The tender young
bird is best for roasting, frying and broiling. Choose the more flavorful
older birds for braising or stewing.
Package poultry in freezer paper or wrap using the drugstore or butcher
wrap, or place in freezer bags. Storebought poultry needs to be over-wrapped
before freezing because its clear wrap is not moisture-vapor resistant.
When packaging pieces, arrange them to form a compact, square, flat package
so they will stack better in the freezer. After packaging, seal and freeze
Quail, dove, duck, pheasant and other game birds should be dressed and
gutted as soon as possible after shooting. Cool and clean properly. Remove
excess fat on wild ducks and geese since it becomes rancid very quickly.
Freeze as directed for poultry.
Do not stuff poultry or game birds before freezing them. During freezing
or thawing times, bacteria that cause foodborne illness could easily grow
in the stuffing. Commercially stuffed frozen poultry is prepared under
special safety conditions that cannot be duplicated at home.
This document was extracted from "So Easy to Preserve", 5th ed. 2006. Bulletin 989, Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, Athens. Revised by Elizabeth L. Andress. Ph.D. and Judy A. Harrison, Ph.D., Extension Foods Specialists.
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