Cooking Fresh Chickens

Discussion in 'Cooking' started by Buckles, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Buckles

    Buckles Well-Known Member

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    I have recently starting raising my own chickens and processing them and regardless of what I have done during cooking the chicken is super tough. I thought I read somewhere that fresh chickens can be more tough if they don't sit and breakdown after processing before you freeze them but even that doesn't seem to help.

    Any idea on what i can do to make the chicken more tender? The chickens I raise are pasture raised and are young, about 10-12 weeks when butchering so they are not old chickens.

    Any help or suggestions would be great!

    Thank you!
     
  2. Bearfootfarm

    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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  3. ShannonR

    ShannonR hillbilly farmgirl

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    Rigor mortis is some tough eating. Cook before or after they go through the stiff phase....
     
  4. Meinecke

    Meinecke Well-Known Member

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    We normally process our chickens right away...from Chopping head to pot is normally less of an hour...
    Even old roosters do pretty well that way...
    But mostly they end up as chicken fricassee anyway...since they are not meaty enough for a grilled chicken...etc.
    Pressure cooker and done in 30 min
     
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