ate my first raised chicken, odd

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by deerchooper, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    hello,

    well I ate my first raised chicken today, rir 7 months old. I was shocked how tough it was. when they get to that age are they stew style only?

    what do you do for a chicken that age?
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    fresh chicken is a whole different story. it wasnt too old. it was fresh!!! there are a couple things you can do. one is a salt something. haha the other is freezing it before you cook. the ice crystals break the meat down and make it more tender.
     
  3. micah O

    micah O Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As it is a rir it it will never taste like a store chicken siince it is a layer hen not a meat hen but if u should ever eat one that is rir you should eat it at 4 months old but it will never be tender like a store chinken unless you buy broilers.
     
  4. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure you let it rest to get rid of the rigor mortis and if you roast it, go low and slow. Low temp and longer cooking time.
     
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Wyodreamer is right on the money - age the bird perhaps even in a brine and then cook it 'low and slow'.
     
  6. JerseyHen

    JerseyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    look up a recipe for this: coq au vin. Rooster in wine, cooked low and slow. My favorite way to cook an older bird. 7 months is older in eating chicken terms, unless you are used to it. The birds you get in the grocery store are only about 8 weeks old (tops). Even some of the heritage "ranger" type birds or slow growing broilers are processed before 20 weeks.
     
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    A real chicken will always be a tad chewier than the baby chickens sold in the stores, so you'll not get away from chewy but tough can be managed. I can all my old birds into the jar to use for soups, stews, etc.

    Six month and younger I marinate in lemon juice, ACV, garlic, and BBQ sauce and grill that bird! The best grilled chicken ever!
     
  8. deerchooper

    deerchooper Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you

    after reading some more I found out the time lines (age) for cooking older birds.
     

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