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spatchcocking fowl

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I have difficulty spatchcocking birds ( chickens and ducks ) using kitchen shears, chefs knives and cleavers. My hand hurts from shears and the bird is usually a mess whichever weapon I use. I recently saw on Amazon garden pruning shears that could cut through a 3/4 inch branch. I bought them. (I often use non-cooking stuff when I'm cooking.) They are great. They cut through the birds with little effort and the birds look as intended.


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Chicken (or duck) with it's back on the cutting board—a whack with a heavy chef's knife (or the like) on both sides of the spine should split it easily.

Use the spine for stock.

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Good timing.  I split a bird for tonight's dinner about an hour ago and it's currently resting, salted.  Like @DiggingDogFarm my technique is to place the spine against the cutting board, then apply my heaviest chef knife on either side.  Very neat.  (But in my case I pitch the spine and the neck along with other innards.)

 

In my experience kitchen (or other) shears for breaking down poultry are an exercise in frustration and a pain to clean.

 

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kitchen shears , hands down

 

if you are having trouble , you've for crappy shears

 

this one is The One :

 

prestera-fish-poultry-shears-black__39970_PE133223_S4.JPG.02da056678337f63229bbdd0dad835a5.JPG

 

my unit :Shear1.thumb.jpg.e44ea18285d335cb4c89b730c18ed385.jpg

 

Shear2.thumb.jpg.8174c1f7996920928d6f599ba2eccbb0.jpg

 

its razor sharp and not expensive.  It has very good leverage .  I wash it by holding one handle while its open and use a kitchen brush and soap

 

then pat and air dry open in a safe place.

 

you have the respect its sharpness , but once you do there is nothing like it

 

this is not the IKEA one to get for cutting chicken :

 

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hover its great for all around kitchen cutting.

 

I think the above is < 4 USD.   I have these all over the house  I can reach for one of these when ever I want !

 

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when you are using the HeavyDuty one , top picks , on a chicken back , or anything else

 

Make Sure you know where all of your finger tips are.

 

 

 


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I'm going to have to look for one of these shears. Every year at Thanksgiving my husband and I struggle to cut apart 2 big turkeys (they cook perfectly that way--leg/thigh/wings first and breasts last). Those poultry shears look ideal. Any idea where to find them? Amazon, I suppose.

 

Nancy in Pátzcuaro

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2 hours ago, rotuts said:

kitchen shears , hands down

 

if you are having trouble , you've for crappy shears

 

this one is The One :

 

prestera-fish-poultry-shears-black__39970_PE133223_S4.JPG.02da056678337f63229bbdd0dad835a5.JPG

 

my unit :Shear1.thumb.jpg.e44ea18285d335cb4c89b730c18ed385.jpg

 

Shear2.thumb.jpg.8174c1f7996920928d6f599ba2eccbb0.jpg

 

its razor sharp and not expensive.  It has very good leverage .  I wash it by holding one handle while its open and use a kitchen brush and soap

 

then pat and air dry open in a safe place.

 

you have the respect its sharpness , but once you do there is nothing like it

 

this is not the IKEA one to get for cutting chicken :

 

41ztEJNV2jL.jpg.99932c385d0de6e89563bb821a562edd.jpg

 

hover its great for all around kitchen cutting.

 

I think the above is < 4 USD.   I have these all over the house  I can reach for one of these when ever I want !

 

suprise.gif.7f0d28b28b131d73ec0867b3d2923d0d.gif

 

when you are using the HeavyDuty one , top picks , on a chicken back , or anything else

 

Make Sure you know where all of your finger tips are.

 

 

 

 

Where does one acquire a heavy duty shear like that?

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the top shears are from IKEA

 

Ive found them :

 

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/40157720/

 

10 big USAD !

 

they are outstanding.

 

just make sure you use the inner-most part of the shears.

 

that give you tremendous leverage.

 

Ive done 22 lbs turkey backs w very little problems 

 

just keep track of your fingers and small to large chldren.


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My method is to grasp the bird by the neck, with the back towards me and simply run a chef's knife down each side of the back, all the way to the to tail. It only becomes difficult if you go off course. I have used shears, but I find my method to be the most expeditious. Of course, it helps to have done thousands of them in a restaurant setting.

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38 minutes ago, Nancy in Pátzcuaro said:

I'm going to have to look for one of these shears. Every year at Thanksgiving my husband and I struggle to cut apart 2 big turkeys (they cook perfectly that way--leg/thigh/wings first and breasts last). Those poultry shears look ideal. Any idea where to find them? Amazon, I suppose.

 

Nancy in Pátzcuaro

Amazon Mexico link to what looks like a similar pair.  You can get them tomorrow!  Others available, too.  search: Tijeras para aves or Tijeras para cocina. You can also search in English but I get more results (and often better prices) for items listed in Spanish). 

https://www.amazon.com.mx/Metaltex-251801-Tijeras-para-aves/dp/B019DW7K2Q/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1520177079&sr=8-18&keywords=tijeras+cocina

 

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this looks a bit more like the one I have :

 

https://www.amazon.com.mx/Metaltex-251805-Tijeras-para-Cocina/dp/B002VDSKKQ/ref=pd_sbs_79_1/138-9357291-1943106?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4CN9AXNA4A2SJDGJBSFA

 

the red one might be fine. Indeed its heavier than the black one that looks like an IKEA clone

 

indeed the handle looks a bit safer to use. maybe slip resistant ?

 

Turkeys and Chickens are pretty slippery in my experience

 

the IKEA feels heavy in the hand , a good thing

 

it weights 251 gms

 

the blade is 3 1/2 inches tip to wide open ' fulcrum '


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