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Old 01/02/13, 05:32 PM
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difference between roaster and fryer?

What's the difference between a chicken roaster and fryer? Breed or purpose? What is the purpose for each?

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Old 01/02/13, 05:54 PM
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A rooster is a boy chicken of any breed. A fryer, purchased from a hatchery, can be either male or female (often not) of a heavier breed. They're all chickens. (Okay, there are rabbits that are called fryers but I suspect you're talking poultry here.)

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The only real difference is how much meat they have on the carcass.

Broilers: 6-8 weeks old and weighing about 2 1/2 pounds
Fryers: 6-8 weeks old and weighing 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 pounds
Roasters: less than 8 months old and weighing 3 1/2 - 5 pounds
Stewing hens: over 10 months old and weighing 5 - 7 pounds

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katy.... it was roaster not rooster...lol

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Old 01/02/13, 07:10 PM
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katy.... it was roaster not rooster...lol
Teach me to take my peepers off. LOL
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Old 01/02/13, 07:14 PM
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thanks. great info mistletoe

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Old 01/02/13, 08:27 PM
 
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Roasters go in the oven, while fryers go in the skillet. If you want to know which is which look closely at the bird and ask yourself, "Am I in the mood for fried chicken or roast chicken?".

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I bake them all except a 2 yr or older hen or rooster, they go in the pressure cooker....James

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Old 01/03/13, 06:37 AM
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Saw this on PBS not long ago, cracked me up and is a pretty good explanation.
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Old 01/03/13, 07:15 PM
 
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It's the age of the bird, A roaster is older than a fryer.

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Old 01/04/13, 01:03 AM
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A quick easy way to tell if it should be a roaster, fryer or stewing chicken is to check the bottom of the breastbone, and the more cartilage there is the younger the chicken.
I'm just saying that because sometimes I forget to mark the bags of the processed older chickens so I don't know what I have till it's thawed enough that I can check the cartilage.

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