DIY scalder and processing take two

We had many more birds to process and scalding the birds in the house was not going to cut it for the volume of birds we had remaining. We thought about a turkey fryer but Josh was pretty sure that we could make a better setup and so he ordered the parts and we built our own scalder.

The key parts are an PID temperature controller, a thermocouple, a solid state relay, and a bucket heater.  The thermocouple measures the temperature of the water, tells the PID, and if the temp is below where we want it, the PID switches the relay (which is connected to the outlet you see) on.  The bucket heater is connected to that outlet, so when that happens the water heats up.


We’re still testing, so Josh just temporarily zip-tied the parts to an old piece of lattice.

He was delighted that it all worked on the very first test run:


For actual use, the heating element went into a big metal trash can filled with water.  We wanted something that would be big enough for turkeys, when the time comes:
DIY scalder setup

We tested it  with four more birds this weekend. Here was our setup.

4 chicken setup

and here is the scalder in action:

scalder in action

The next four birds we processed:

4 birds processed

We planned on processing more that day but we burned out the old drill we were using for plucking.

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