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MeganW
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I bought the chicken on Friday, soaked it in alcohol for a few hours, and then we did the first part this afternoon (washing with red wine, drying, stuffing with kosher salt / washing soda / baking soda mixture).

 

My kids are already commenting that it stinks. I don't think they even know that meat rots out of the fridge and would smell bad, so I don't think they are making it up. I can't have messed up yet, can I?? It can't be rotting yet, can it??

 

I am REALLY stuffed up right now, so I am unsure what the smell is.

 

Should I be freaking??

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Is it completely covered with the salt/baking soda mixture? In a ziplock bag? You will have to change out the salt mixture frequently at first.

I also added pumpkin pie spice that was clove heavy and that is all I smell to this day.

 

Here's a link to my post about our chicken mummy to check to see if you did anything different. I did not use wine at all. The rubbing alcohol left a really strong smell, not rotting chicken, more antiseptic.

 

Ours is still in the garage, even through the summer and hasn't had any problems.

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I don't remember any directions about soaking it in alcohol. If I remember right, we followed your steps above but never soaked them in alcohol. If the birds have a strong bad smell something is wrong. Ours had a bit of an icky smell at first, but not much, and very quickly that was replaced with a cinnamon / spicy / nutmeg / whatever smell. We have had our mummified chicken for several years and it just smells like delicious spices. We did the mummy wrap with camo fabric so it's pretty hilarious. I keep it in the living room on display. It's very entertaining. ;)

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My "recipe" was a little different, and now I can't figure out where I got it. I used:

 

2 parts baking soda

2 parts washing soda

1 part Kosher salt

 

And I forgot the spices.

 

The kids were complaining WHILE we were doing the salt part. I guess I am really worrying that I might have a bad chicken. But seriously, I just bought it Friday from Walmart. It can't be bad yet!

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I think there are others here that used washing soda. I did not and I don't think that's the problem. I think it was probably the combo of rubbing alcohol and red wine. I would make sure it is completely covered in salt and add some spices to it. The spices make a big difference.

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I think there are others here that used washing soda. I did not and I don't think that's the problem. I think it was probably the combo of rubbing alcohol and red wine. I would make sure it is completely covered in salt and add some spices to it. The spices make a big difference.

 

Gotcha. I forgot the spices - I'll add those when I change the salt before bed. Cinnamon? Nutmeg? Something else?

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I did this with my older kids a couple of times and quite frankly, it never really came out like I had envisioned. However, my youngest had a suffered the loss of a beta and instead of flushing the little guy, we mummified him and it worked beautifully, several years later it still looks great. I would skip the chicken.

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