As promised A&M meat VS Pharaoh Meat

Discussion in 'Quail' started by AHappychick, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    Ok Months ago I promised to take a pic showing that my A&M breast meat was in fact white meat unlike my jumbos and pharaohs.

    Well I had a bunch of skinned quail in the freezer and made them last night for dinner as my parents are in town.

    Just as Justin was cutting into one I realized he had an A&M and yelled "wait I need to get the camera!" I havent processed many A&M cause my Covey is small and I am working towards breeding more but here and there I have an extra roo that ends up in freezer camp.

    Anyway it was not planned so the pic is not great but I halted diner and cut into a pharaoh for comparison. My Parents think I am nuts BTW.

    A&M is on the left and a regular pharaoh is on the right.

    Last edited: Dec 23, 2009
  2. kenman

    kenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Well...I'll be! That answers a lot of questions.
  3. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    are the A&M normally white meat or does it just seem to be the ones you are raising?
  4. ice329

    ice329 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2009
    I have read many times the TA&M quail was developed to have all white meat... suposedly to have 8-10oz of it.
  5. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    they are supposed to be white meat as that is what Texas Univ. created them for but from what I can gather many have bred them with other varieties so some that are around have white feathers but regular darker meat. There were some people on BYC that thought it was a myth that they had white meat at all.

    I am sorry the pic is so bad but rest assured they are a different color and were all cooked together so one is no more cooked than the other they all had a organic jerk rub on them. [​IMG]

    I will do a better presentation when I actually have a few that I am processing side by side.
  6. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    heh, it was on the dinner table. i'm surprised it wasn't all gone by the time you got the camera! it's still a good example for newbies like me!

    i'll keep the A&M on my list of poultry to eventually add in the coming years then!
  7. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Commerce, GA
    Thanks Happychick. I was surprised to see the difference after reading all the skepticism. That's encouraging. Hopefully you don't have the last of the pure A & M's [​IMG] Where did you get yours? More importantly, how did you cook them? They look delicious!
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    Quote:oh I surely don't since I got my eggs from various breeders from eggbid and from here. The A&M you see have been hard to come by though. The fellow is on here and eggbid some of the birds are from him I cant think of his name though.... but his auctions are easy to find as his eggs are expensive, and claims to have gotten them from the first group created by Texas A&M. I bought a large number of eggs from him and only had a few hatch so I have been building numbers slowly. The size is good though (my females are 13 ounces and more some up to almost 15!) His feedback is mixed and he is not easy to deal with but his birds are real. I will pm you the name if I can figure it out.
    Some are from another breeder but I don't remember who it was now. Sorry!

    As for cooking them I usually stuff with a potato dish I make (I posted that a while ago) but this time I did not have any roasted potato dish to stuff them with so I did a jerk chicken dry rub and the lined them up side by side legs to breast and covered the tops with a 1 layer blanket of bacon. then at 350 until temp was right then a quick broil to crisp up the bacon and done. They were very good, my father who never had quail before liked them. [​IMG]

    I have these little poultry thermometer that goes from the rare to well done for poultry only and it is awesome for cooking them just right.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2009
  9. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    Texas A & m quail are all white meat / there is an english quail that is white in color but not the meat
    Be sure you trust who you buy A & m s from
    There is only one true strain

  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I bought A&ms because i had heard that they are SUPPOSED to be white meat birds.. (the TEXAS A&Ms..)
    but..the ones i got wernt white meat like yours happychick, so they must not have been true Texas A&M's....(i'll need to buy some eggs off ya in the spring, because it looks like you have the true breed/line that i'm looking for! ) [​IMG], shes NOT cooking the books or undercooking her quail meat... [​IMG]
    A&Ms are SUPPOSED to be white meat...
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2009

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