Today I’m finally posting my quail how-to video. I’ve written about it before, but I never could task anyone into holding the camera while I went through the process. I was finally able to talk my youngest daughter into helping, she is a trooper.
BE WARNED, THE VIDEO SHOWS ME KILLING A LIVE CREATURE> IF THIS OFFENDS YOU< I HAVE TWO THINGS FOR YOU:
- DON’ WATCH!
- WHY THE HELL ARE YOU READING MY BLOG?
The method uses only a pair of heavy scissors or shears, nothing else. Make sure they are sharp.
- Hold the bird with wings folded in.
- With the bird facing down and away, use the scissors/shears to sever the head. Hold it firmly until it stops twitching, this is merely nerves, the bird is dead.
- Sever each of the legs at the knee/feather line.
- Sever the wings close to the body at the joint.
- At this point, turn the bird over, breast up.
- Split the skin by placing your thumbs against the center of the breast and firmly pushing then down and apart.
- Peel all of the skin off. You may have difficulty at the back, just in front of the tail. Don’t fret, you will be removing this in the next step.
- Open the scissors, and push the bottom scissor blade into the body cavity, and cut along the spine, as close as possible, but without cutting through the spine. Repeat this on the other side of the spine.
- Grab the neck and pull the spine and most of the entrails out of the carcass.
- Clean up the body cavity, being sure to get the lungs, a pink section in the ribcage.
I can promise you it took me longer to type this out than it does to actually do it.
Here I am going through it:
Everything about quail is fast and efficient. I REALLY love having these as a backyard source of protein. From the 17 days to hatch, the 21 days to grow out, 21 days to maturity, and 4 minutes to dress them out, I cannot stress how much I love these little birds. Plant a corn seed on the same day as you place a fertilized quail egg into an incubator, and you’ll be eating quail before you’ll be eating corn.
Gotta love that.
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