Originally Posted by jet
Have you ever plucked a bird? I don't know anyone who has that doesn't shudder at the very thought of it.
I certainly have plucked many birds.
That is how I learned to cook chicken. On the farm, you start out by selecting your chicken, and then killing it. After dipping it in boiling water to loosen the feathers, you start removing them. And I DO mean all of them!
These days, since I buy my birds directly from the farmer who grows them, THEY do the killing and the plucking, but there are always errant pinfeathers that have to be removed. And the goose had by far the most pinfeathers I've ever encountered when I didn't start from scratch.
All part of the process, imho.