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Trussing

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Manton, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Heat's back on so I guess I can roast some more chickens. Will have to try some of these fancy needle based methods.
     
  2. itsstillmatt

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    It's a bit fancier. There is sort of a formality hierarchy. This way is called "en entree" then there is "en grande entree" which is never used these days. It's really complicated. I don't think there is a difference as far as how things cook, though. Just how they look.
     
  3. ehkay

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    What if we "trussed" with transglutaminase, rather than a needle and thread?
     
  4. edmorel

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    wouldn't your hand get stuck on your chicken :confused:
     
  5. foodguy

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    again with teh choking chickens jokes.
     
  6. mgm9128

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    Golly gee, you dun blown my mind.
     
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    Would you mind explaining this? Particularly how you keep the feet tied down. I just trussed one with a needle, but my feet are up in the air. :confused:
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  8. foodguy

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    damn, that looks like one of ed morel's dates.
     
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  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In this step

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    you run the string above the folded back foot rather than above the drumstick. To secure it in like a tight package as I have there, which really is for poaching rather than roasting*, you just cut tiny slits in the skin and stick the ankle joint into them then proceed normally.

    *I'm not sure why this is, it is just traditional to truss differently for different dishes.
     
  10. mgm9128

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    I've never poached a whole bird. Just the breasts on the bateau. And only twice. Nice results, though. Thanks for the explanation.
     
  11. ehkay

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    Do you autoclave your trussing needles before you suture your birds?
     
  12. itsstillmatt

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    Oh, I forgot. You need to cut the tendons between the drumstick and foot so that they don't pull against what you are trying to do. Not all the way through, just a little cut where you feel them resisting.
     
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