3 Chickens Tough and Stringy... help!

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

  1. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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