Cooking before rigor mortis sets in?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Westcoaster87, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Westcoaster87

    Westcoaster87 In the Brooder

    I have seen a few posts about rigor mortis but have not come across mention of cooking before it sets in.

    We are going to butcher a few of our roosters and I was wondering if anyone has any experience cooking them as soon as they are butchered before rigor sets in. Is this possible? Considering heat speeds up the process, would it just result in a tremendously tough bird?

    Many thanks!
  2. StruckBy

    StruckBy Songster

    Apr 2, 2012
    Marcola, OR
    Our first few runs of meat birds, this is what we did. We would just kill one or two birds & cook them immediately (usually grilled). Unless we were doing pan-fried, we usually would just skin them rather than taking the time to pluck. I'm culling two hens in couple days & they will go straight into the soup pot rather than aging. That said, I like a bit more texture to my chicken to start with...the bought ones that are only a few weeks only & have barely walked around don't have enough flavor or texture to me.
  3. Westcoaster87

    Westcoaster87 In the Brooder

    That's excellent to know :) I like a bit more texture as well so I'll give it a try :)

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