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Title: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: lovinAZ on April 10, 2007, 11:15:27 PM
Again, not looking for a recipe, just help...  ???

DH and I buy large packages of chicken breasts and consume them over a few weeks.  Chicken was on sale, so we bought a big package (7 or 8 breasts).  Normally, we'd separate them and put them in their own little tupperwares before freezing, but we didn't for a small variety of irrelevant reasons.

Anyone know how we can get these things apart without defrosting the whole bunch?  It's not good to defrost and refreeze, but we're not going to eat 7 breasts before they go bad in the fridge, either.

Thanks  :)
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: AprilRenee on April 10, 2007, 11:20:35 PM
Run them under warm water? put them in a baggie and bang them on the counter?
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: MadMadge43 on April 11, 2007, 12:14:02 AM
no, but I'd love to hear. We resorted to a screw driver and hammer the other week.
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: AngelicGamer on April 11, 2007, 12:20:01 AM
I think you would do best with soaking the chicken in warm to hot water in a bowl.  It should seperate them easily enough, but be careful with the temperature of the water when you go to pull them out.
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: IndianInlaw on April 11, 2007, 09:09:50 AM
Run a knife under hot water and pryyyyyy them apart.
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: ZipTheWonder on April 11, 2007, 12:54:37 PM
I dont' think you want to expose these to much heat, otherwise you'll have rubber chicken when it comes time to cook them.  I'd let them sit out for just a few minutes, and then just use whatever tool looks like it would work to slip between them and pry.  I think the screwdriver sounds like a good place to start. 
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: Rei-chan on April 11, 2007, 10:13:34 PM

I would stay away from defrosting anything with warm water:  It breeds bacteria, especially in chicken.

Also, prying with knives and screwdrivers?  BE CAREFUL of you will slip and stab yourself.

My advice:  Buy a metal meat mallet.  Place chicken on counter, and bash it where the pieces meet.

Good Luck!   :)
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: veryfluffy on April 12, 2007, 12:06:27 PM
Could you defrost them all, make up a big batch of coq au vin, and then freeze that in individual portions? It is okay to refreeze if it's been cooked first.
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: Psykogrl on April 12, 2007, 07:46:03 PM
While its not great to thaw and refreeze, you can to some extent. I partially thaw out the chicken (so that the centers are still frozen) with running, cool water.

Put the chicken in your sink and turn on the cold water so it runs over it. If it fits into some kind of container, like a bowl or pot or pan, then even better cause its the movement that does it.

(Caution: Mr Wizard Moment  ;) ) The running water creates a convection current, which even in cold water moves energy around in it, which thaws the chicken faster and without bacteria growth that warm water does
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: Suze on April 12, 2007, 07:51:23 PM
I would cook the whole mess up at once and then refreeze after cooking.

Once you got them apart you could make two or three differnt things out of them so you wouldn't be eating the same thing over and over again.
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: lovinAZ on April 12, 2007, 11:36:36 PM
Thank you for your suggestions!!

I'm going to try to separate them with cold water (I would butcher myself with a knife or a screwdriver!!!!), and if they thaw too much for my liking, then we'll just cook 'em all up into various meals and freeze!
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: ZaftigWife on April 13, 2007, 10:39:20 AM
While its not great to thaw and refreeze, you can to some extent. I partially thaw out the chicken (so that the centers are still frozen) with running, cool water.

Put the chicken in your sink and turn on the cold water so it runs over it. If it fits into some kind of container, like a bowl or pot or pan, then even better cause its the movement that does it.

(Caution: Mr Wizard Moment  ;) ) The running water creates a convection current, which even in cold water moves energy around in it, which thaws the chicken faster and without bacteria growth that warm water does

Thank you for posting this!  I knew it was true that cold water would thaw chicken faster than warm water, but I didn't know why.  Now I do!   ;D
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: Nimblicity on April 19, 2007, 08:42:27 AM
We always just threw the bag on the concrete floor of the garage.  Works like a charm!  ;D
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: Bethalize on April 19, 2007, 10:34:43 AM
Anyone know how we can get these things apart without defrosting the whole bunch?  It's not good to defrost and refreeze, but we're not going to eat 7 breasts before they go bad in the fridge, either.

If they are laid out and joined at the edges only I pry them apart. Stick something into the seam. A hefty thump often helps shatter them.

If they are all welded together flat ways I'd be inclined to start defrosting from one side (cold water method) and take off what you need.
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: lovinAZ on April 19, 2007, 03:37:10 PM
I ran them under cold water and pressed them apart (the sink bottom isn't flat).  I was able to separate them into singles and doubles, which was good enough (better than one mass of eight!).

Thanks!!
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: MrsP81 on April 24, 2007, 06:52:36 AM
We always just threw the bag on the concrete floor of the garage.  Works like a charm!  ;D

Haha. I do the same thing!
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: Telmereth on May 10, 2007, 11:32:39 AM
We always just threw the bag on the concrete floor of the garage.  Works like a charm!  ;D

Haha. I do the same thing!

Um, yeah me too :)
It helps get out any pent up aggression at the end of the day!
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: MadMadge43 on May 11, 2007, 10:21:38 PM
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We always just threw the bag on the concrete floor of the garage.  Works like a charm!  Grin

When you say bag, do you mean you take them out of the styrofoam plate, put them in a bag and throw it? Just like you do ice?
Title: Re: separating frozen chicken?
Post by: Nimblicity on May 15, 2007, 04:27:13 AM
Well, my mom always bought a jumbo-sized plastic bag of chicken breasts at Sam's, or some other giant package food warehouse.  They came in a big plastic bag, so it worked well.  Also, they were usually only frozen together along one edge or at a couple of points.  For chicken that is really solidly frozen together along the whole surface, I really don't think it would work.