Cornerstone Farm Ventures

15 Silver St.

Norwich, NY 13815

607.334.9962

info@cornerstone-farm.com

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Click here to order shrink bags

Size

Parts, boneless breasts, etc.

6.5x11

Broiler (3-5 lb)

9x16

Roaster (5-8 lb)

10x16

Large Chicken (8-10 lb)

11X18

Small Turkey (12-18 lb)

12x22    

Medium Turkey (18-22 lb)

14x23

Large Turkey (20-25 lb)

16x25

Large Turkey (25-30 lb)

18x28

X-Large Turkey (30-up)

20x28

 

 

To use shrink bags do the following:

Make a drain rack out of PVC pipe (see below) that will hold 8-10 birds. Drain birds from chill tank.

With the birds sitting on the rack with their “head” up, slide a bag down over the chicken. Take one bird off the rack, turn it upside down and push it all the way in to the bag. Squeeze the legs together and gather the bag tightly around the legs. Then spin it to form a “pigtail” out of the excess bag material. Seal the bag. The metal clip should go AROUND the pigtail and not through it. Then either pierce the bag at the breast area, (over the breast bone) or pierce the bag at the base of the clipped end of the bag by the legs to let the air out. Place (dip) into 170-200° F hot water. Swirl the bag around in the water or use a pair of tongs to hold the bird down (it may want to float). (It is not necessary to use the basket shown in the picture above.) There should be a rush of air and bubbles so be careful not to get burned. The shrinking is done in an instant, pull the bagged bird out of the water. When all done weigh the bird and put a sticky label right over where the bag was pierced at the breast. If you’re going to put a label on the package do it now after wiping off excess water then place it in an iced cooler. No need to close the hole if you pierced it at the feet end.

If you have a bubble of air inside the bag the bag was not pierced sufficiently to let all the air out of the bag.

Do NOT place the bird back into ice water. Water will leak back into bag, labels will not stay on in water.

 

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Pictures are for reference only, you do not need to use a basket to dip the birds.
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These pictures are of actual processed chickens that were frozen for 1-1/2 years. as you can see there is very little freezer burn and there was no noticeable taste difference between these and fresher birds.
Try that with a regular plastic bag!

You will need a closure to insure a tight fit on the bags. We offer stainless steel clips that are attached with a pair of pliers. We have three different type pliers available.

Starter kit - consists of 100 rings and inexpensive pliers. $8.50

AC Plier - spring loaded holds ring in place. $28.50

The B7 ring tool is designed for easy maintenance. Benefits of using this tool can be seen immediately in ease of use and less hand fatigue. It is a smaller handle then the AC Plier and therefore is easier to use by people with small hands.

 

Top of Form 1

Bottom of Form 1

 

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Starter Kit Pliers
AC Pliers
B7 Pliers
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Clips and ring tools are available from http://cornerstone-farm.com/shrink_bags.htm

 

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Safe Handling Labels for bag

 

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New! Write date, price per pound, sell by etc on these tags.

Poultry Shrink Bags

Our shrink bags are 55 micron high barrier. At present we are carrying bags primarily for pastured poultry producers and therefore have limited sizes on hand. If you have a specific size you need please call us and we will check availability from our suppliers.

Below are sizes we normally carry

Click here to see what sizes are in stock