2.5 year old chicken as rotisserie or soup only?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jamarti7, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. jamarti7

    jamarti7 New Egg

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    I know chickens are supposedly better while they're younger. We've only ever eaten the younger ones; however, we have too many 2.5 year old chickens. They are Tetra Tints. (Tractor Supply mix-breed of Leghorns and Rhode Island Reds - or something like that). We've done rotisserie chicken with 5-6 month old Rhode Island Reds and tasted fine. I've heard people say the meat gets really tough as they get older. But is it really that significant? I mean, if my teeth can manage it, it's not a huge deal. But how big of a difference are we talking? Are 2.5 year old chickens basically only destined to be soup birds?
    Any advice/opinion/experience is appreciated!
    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use them for soup.
     
  3. Paganrose

    Paganrose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    soup/stew/slow cooker. They will have great flavor, but will have tough and stringy meat. Best to cook them long, low and slow, until the meat will fall apart in strings. I prefer the slow cooker on low for at least 8hours.Then the meat and liquid can be used in a soup or stew. Otherwise you can drain the broth and save for soup, and use the shredded meat for tacos/burrito etc... Also let them rest in the fridge for at least 48 hours after butchering before freezing or cooking. It will help soften the meat.
     

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