Ageing poultry

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by valley ranch, May 19, 2011.

  1. We had a poultry ranch when I was a boy. We sold to the public and to resturants. Seldom did anyone get a chicken over a day after processing. We raise our own chicken now when we cook them they seem tough. I'm wondering if having eaten store bought chickens for years now if, since they are a few old before they get to the store, that's why the flesh of these fresh birds seem not as tender.

    I have read on this forum some who say they put the chickens in the fridge for a couple days before cooking them.

    What's your thought, what do you do with your birds?

    Last edited: May 19, 2011

  2. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    We have ours on ice or in the fridge for at least two days before cooking.
  3. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

    Jul 1, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    There's a really good article from my favorite blogger-cook about aging meat. It's specific to pheasant... but that's really a "ditch chicken" anyway, right? LOL

    ETA: also, your meat might be "tougher" because your birds get more exercise than the commercial growers do. Yours are probably just working their muscles more... that being said, I prefer the chewier quality of the meat I produce. And my customers say they like that the texture seems more dense and the meat more firm. Though I always suggest to them that they let the bird "rest" for at least a day before cooking [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 20, 2011
  4. Greetings, I read what you suggested and found it very interesting. I think allowing chicken flesh to rest for 1-3 days might be a good go. It would be also testy to try "hanging" of unplucked birds be it ditch or coop chickens. Thankyou for that: I'll have wifey read it and see what her reaction is.
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Thanks OP for asking. I didn't age my geese before throwing them in the freezer. But then I was too tired after too many hours of cleaning the things to care! Next time, in the 'frig for 2 day. THanks.

  6. Fool

    Fool In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2011
    So many of us are so used to looking at the "sell by" date at the store that it is hard to imagine how letting something age is a good thing. We believe that after processing, the sooner it goes in the freezer the fresher it is.

    IMO- The primary reason for letting something rest or age is to let the rigor work out of the muscle tissue. If you grind your burger while the muscle is in this state and then freeze it, you freeze the rigor into the muscle. What you end up with really chewy burger (the kind you don't pawn off on friends).

    I've let birds age before and it does improve meat quality. Where I start to depart from this thinking is when there is talk of stewing in it's juices. I think some cultures like a little soured taste more than the western pallet.
  7. terri9630

    terri9630 Songster

    Mar 22, 2009
    New Mexico
    Quote:You can age/rest after thawing. There are many post on this subject.

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