How to Clean a Quail

Here is one way to begin preparing quail for the table.

Equipment needed: a sturdy pair of kitchen or game shears.

At all steps in the process take care to avoid cutting yourself on the sharp edges of broken bones.

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Start by removing both wings. Game shears are handy for this and all other steps in this process.

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Remove both legs at the knee. There is no need to prove the sex of the bird by leaving one foot intact as with pheasants.

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Remove the head cutting as close to the body as possible.

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Grasping the skin at the top of the breast, pull skin and feathers down.

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Pull skin over the legs and off the back.

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Locate the crop at the top of the breast.

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The crop will contain whatever food the bird has recently eaten. That lets you know where look for them the next time you hunt that area.

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Remove the tail by cutting as close to lower body as possible.

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Make a small cut at the base of the breast bone.

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Bend the breast bone upward toward the neck area, separating the skin that covers the intestines. Remove the intestines, heart and lungs.

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After washing, the bird is ready for storage until cooking.