Oh, yeah. Turned out AMAZING!!!! I just did a cup of salt in about 1.5 gallons of water for the brine, nothing fancy, and because my week was crazy at work (including working until 1AM several days), I only just cooked him tonight - a 6-7 day rest/brine.
Just stood there at the stove eating bits off the carcass like a caveman (cave woman?) Yuuuuummmmmmmmm.......
You know, we keep wanting to push the weight higher, and I understand that, but this is honestly the largest chicken I've ever cooked, and while I don't mind, I'm not sure I HAVE to have a chicken this big, and certainly no bigger. But I do wish my girls were bigger - I think part of why Snape is being so hard on my girls' backs is because he's so much bigger than they are. Last time I weighed them, they were 4.5-5lbs each.
- Ant Farm
I know what you mean. I watched my 11 lb Bielefelder rooster trying to mount my little 2 lb Silkie this morning. It was brutal. But I do like nice, big chickens for meal. The largest one I ever cooked up was about 5.5 lbs processed and we only had one thigh left over at the end of the meal...and there's only 3 of us. Anything smaller than that and they get eaten clean down to the bone with barely anything left for making broth.
You know it's a bad mismatch when the rooster tries to mount and he has to leave one foot on the ground - I've seen that a few times...
- Ant Farm
Edited by Fire Ant Farm - 4/23/16 at 3:01pm