Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Week 2. The bag that was once filled to capacity with chicken seemed to have shrunk today. When I took cluck out of the bag and dusted off the natren, I immediately noticed how much smaller she was. She has lost a lot of liquid.

Our mummy has 4 more weeks to go. She already feels hard and dry. Still no bad odors!! I am still adding spices to the natren every time I change the bag...I'm not taking any chances!!


  1. That's pretty cool. Do you have the instructions on here how to do this. This would make a great summer project for Mav.

  2. Cluck the Mummy is looking very dark...I am interested to see how she looks in the end.

  3. I can give them to you now. You start with a whole fryer (the smaller the better.) Remove the organ pack/neck, and wash her very well with water and dry as thoroughly as possible. Wash again with rubbing alcohol and pat dry. (Be sure to do the inside of the chicken too) This reduces the bacterial growth. Once again, dry as thoroughly as possible.

    Mix 1/2 box of baking soda, 1/2 can of baking powder and 1-2 boxes of salt (i use canning salt--it's cheaper) Add a few sprinkles of some nice smelling spices. I use cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Fill the cavity of the bird first, then pour some of the powder into a large freezer bag. Put the chicken in the bag and fill the rest of the way. Make sure the chicken is completely covered. If not, add more salt. Seal the bag. If you want, double bag her, but I don't usually do this. For the first week, check the bag every day. If the mixture is wet remove the chicken from the bag, dust the powder off, the repeat the process. After the first week, you should only have to check her once a week. Change the natren any time it looks wet.

    At the end of the 6 weeks, remove the chicken and dust her off as completely as you can. Wet a paper towel and wipe off the remaining powder. Dry the bird thoroughly with paper towels. Rub fragrance oil into the chicken (recipe follows) inside and out. Stuff the inside of the bird with fabric, or sawdust with spices. Tear material into strips. Mix white glue and water 1:1. dip the strips of fabric into the glue and begin wrapping. Wrap wings and legs separately. Use 2-3 layers. Let dry completely.

    Scented oil: Fill a small jar to the top with spices of your choice. add oil to fill. Se tin a sunny location for 1 week. Shake jar 2-3 times per day. Drain the oil. Repeat steps 1-4 for a stronger scent.

  4. This is such a fun project for you and the kids.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...