BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Meat Birds ETC › What causes fresh chicken to be a little rubbery/chewy ?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What causes fresh chicken to be a little rubbery/chewy ?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Is it the way I raised the birds ? Or the way its cooked?

We processed a few birds the other day and we had one for dinner tonight and tho it tasted GREAT i noticed it tasted a LITTLE rubbery/chewy (still 100% better then the store crap)  Anyone know why ?

Any info would be great since I have 75 more to do in about 5 weeks and would like to know if I should change something.

Thanks

♥♥♥♥'s silkies
Reply
♥♥♥♥'s silkies
Reply
post #2 of 8

did you rest the meat after?  When you kill the bird it will have some amount of rigor happen to the meat and you have to wait for those enzymes to inactivate in the muscle tissue.  24 - 48 hrs in the fridge will do it.

Silkie, Bantams, Barred Rocks, Partridge Rock, Black Star, who knows what else, and then there are the meat birds....
Reply
Silkie, Bantams, Barred Rocks, Partridge Rock, Black Star, who knows what else, and then there are the meat birds....
Reply
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by scubaforlife 

did you rest the meat after?  When you kill the bird it will have some amount of rigor happen to the meat and you have to wait for those enzymes to inactivate in the muscle tissue.  24 - 48 hrs in the fridge will do it.


They were done Saturday about 1pm.  I just put them in the freezer tonight (around 5pm)   Is that long enuf ?

Do you think it would be because the birds were allowed to walk around in the coop/run ?   They arent packed together like the do at the factory's !!

Maybe I should of let the chicken sit longer before cutting it !!??

Thanks for your help


Edited by swtangel321 - 5/31/10 at 7:42pm
♥♥♥♥'s silkies
Reply
♥♥♥♥'s silkies
Reply
post #4 of 8

The more exercise they get, they tougher they will be.  How old were they when you processed them?  A lot of the birds in store are processed at 5.5 or 6 weeks old - older = tougher.

Unfortunately, the things that make them tougher are also the things that give them more flavor.

I have an amazing husband, a wonderful daughter (5) and now an incredible son, born 8/27/11!
Reply
I have an amazing husband, a wonderful daughter (5) and now an incredible son, born 8/27/11!
Reply
post #5 of 8

It depends on age and how long you let it sit before freezing/cooking it.  Exercise definitely does it, but was it a cornish cross or a dual-purpose breed?  We process our dual-purpose birds between 16-20 weeks.  That instantly makes them tougher than cornish crosses, which are only ~6 wks old at processing.   We slow cook ours in either a crock pot or the beer can up the rear method in the oven. 

How did you cook it?

I'm Shelby!! My wonderful hubby and I have 15 hens (1 Delaware, 1 white Leghorn, 2 mottled Javas, 2 Buckeyes, 2 barred Rocks, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 4 Easter Eggers, 4 Jersey Giants and 4 Welsummers), 1 roo (barred rock), 4 dogs, 2 cats and 3 rabbits...and all spoiled!!
Reply
I'm Shelby!! My wonderful hubby and I have 15 hens (1 Delaware, 1 white Leghorn, 2 mottled Javas, 2 Buckeyes, 2 barred Rocks, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 4 Easter Eggers, 4 Jersey Giants and 4 Welsummers), 1 roo (barred rock), 4 dogs, 2 cats and 3 rabbits...and all spoiled!!
Reply
post #6 of 8

I find that resting for 3-4 days is helpful.  Low and slow cooking is helpful.  I took a cue from a local grower and always refer to it as a "firmer" meat, instead of a chewier meat.

Remember back in the day when pork was 'the other white meat'?  Well, it was selectively bred that way, in order to make a marketable product that has since gone the way of the dodo (or should I say, the way of New Coke).  Now pork is back to being pink, which is in fashion.

That's how I like to think of pastured chicken, free of that unfashionable white meat.  That said, the tenderloin of the breasts in my old, active chickens (13 weeks completely free range) is among the tenderest, non-firm meat I've ever had off of a chicken.

Changing cooking expectations will do a great deal for the firmness of the meat, similar to grass fed beef.

post #7 of 8

After resting for 24-48 hours I let it sit in a brine overnight with a bit of water and salt. They seems be more moist and less of a fight to eat.

Jams & Italian Biscotti BYC members get 10% off: code "BYC10" at checkout. http://BiscottiQueen.Etsy.com


Want to learn more about our garden and get help w/ recipes and garden advice. Visit us here:

 

http://FromSeed.blogspot.com

Reply

Jams & Italian Biscotti BYC members get 10% off: code "BYC10" at checkout. http://BiscottiQueen.Etsy.com


Want to learn more about our garden and get help w/ recipes and garden advice. Visit us here:

 

http://FromSeed.blogspot.com

Reply
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the tips.  Glad to know its not just me who has had this issue before.   

I noticed after the meat cooled down and sat for a while (after we were done dinner when I was putting away leftovers)  that it was much firmer/less chewy.

They were cornish X's right around 8 weeks old.  I think I will try them at 7 next time.  Tho the guys who processes for me (hes been doing it for 20 years) swears I should wait till they are 9-10 weeks.  So confusing... LoL.  I will also let them sit a little longer after next time. 

Ive also read that it can be caused from under cooking or even overcooking.  And I must admit I should of weighted the bird before cooking so I had a better idea on how long I should of cooked it for.  My guess it was 5-6 pounds and we cooked it for 1hr 45 mins (maybe a tad longer)

Again thanks everyone.

♥♥♥♥'s silkies
Reply
♥♥♥♥'s silkies
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Meat Birds ETC
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Meat Birds ETC › What causes fresh chicken to be a little rubbery/chewy ?