How to make a chicken drying rack

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How to make a chicken drying rack
10/29/2013 2:21:16 PM

As part of the chicken processing day, the birds that are freshly processed spend a fair amount of time in and out of ice baths.  During this time they tend to get a bit water logged.  Prior to bagging them up for the freezer and weighing the we like to dry the birds carcass out as much as possible.  For that we located a chicken drying rack design on the internet that looked easy enough for us to make while facilitating a quick drying process.

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We found a PVC design that costs less than $10 to make.  It consists of 1” PVC pipe.  A hand full of 45 degree elbows.  Some T connectors.  And some end caps.  Start by cutting the PVC sections.  You need 16 6” sections to connect the base together.  And 8 18” sections to mount your wet birds on.

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Make sure that you dry fit your rack together as you go to ensure proper alignment prior to glue up.

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Then glue it up with standard PVC pipe glue.  Make sure that all aspects of this rack are glued up and air tight so that no chicken water gets into the rack.

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Let it dry over night.  Then debur any areas that are a bit sharp.  You don’t want your freshly processed birds getting scratched up or torn up.  Then you are ready to mount moist birds on your rack.  Work from one side around to the other.  By the time you get back to where you started you can start the bagging process.

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Get the birds covered quickly to ensure that no flies land on your meat.

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Then twist, zip tie, and dip in the hot water to create a “like store bought” chicken.

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