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3 Chickens Tough and Stringy... help!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by WhiteMountainsRanch, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've eaten three of my own chickens now, all different ages (9 to 20 weeks) and processed on different days and different breeds. The first two I thought I over-cooked, the third one I KNOW I didn't. After processing I rinse extra well in cold water and rest in the fridge for 48 hours.... WHY oh WHY are all my chickens tough and stringy!!!!
     
  2. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, they're not too old, and you've rested the meat. Maybe cooking method/high heat? I'm not a super experienced cook, but we've had pretty good results with cooking on lowish temps (325ish) with some liquid in the roasting pan.
     
  3. dragon86

    dragon86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i like to cook them in a slow cooker for a long time then make dumplins.
     
  4. Nikkumz

    Nikkumz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How are you culling them? I heard if its not quick and easy their body wil release adrenaline and makes the meat become tough..just what i was told not sure if its %100 true though
     
  5. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The weird part is, is that none of my "store" birds turn out this way! There must be some other factor besides the cooking... Maybe I will try a different culling method, or let them rest longer... I don't know. [​IMG]
     
  6. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    Tough and stringy compared to what? an 8 week old CX. A standard dual purpose bird would or should be tender at 8 weeks but not much meat on one. My DP birds are always a little tougher.
     
  7. Posh Chickens

    Posh Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I heard that about the adrenaline, but also I heard that if there is stress, that their meat becomes tough.
     
  8. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first two were cornish, the third was DP... but they were ALL tough and stringy... boyfriend couldn't even eat it. [​IMG]
     
  9. Nikkumz

    Nikkumz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How did you kill them? like i said earlier if they dont die right away it releases adrenaline in thier body which makes the meat become tough
     
  10. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    I hear killing cones help keep them tender as a slaughter method. Ice water is best for cooling them out. The colder the better.
     

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