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Dark meat on just processed roosters..

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Bizzybirdy, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville
    I just had my first Cornish X's processed yesterday along with 2 mixed barred roosters. Was wondering why the meat on the barred roosters is soooo dark all over, even the breasts. Is it going to taste bad? I figured they would be tough but was kinda surprised at the color.
    Also, been reading posts for awhile here but just joined and can't figure out how to put a photo in my message thing or profile. Guess will learn eventually. Lots of great information on this site!
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    I think the meat is darker the more the muscles are used. Since the Barred Rocks have been busy for the last many weeks that would probably account for the darker meat. The meat is probably going to be very flavorful, but be sure you let it sit in salt water for a day to let it age.
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
  4. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    As far as posting the pictures, go to the frequently asked questions section in the index. It tells you step by step.

    One of my many hobby's is turkey hunting. I remember the first time I cooked one, You want to see dark meat!!!
  5. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville
    >>Your chickens had a life. Enjoy that and be proud while you eat it.<<

    I always raised egg layers and gave away the roos but a neighbor gave me 16 baby Cornish X's and I raised them. I tell you though...I tried not to get attached but I boo-hoo'd half way home from the processing place. Am ok now I suppose.
    I kept telling myself they were genetically engineered to die soon anyway and I did give them a VERY good life. The processor does organic and they seemed to be very caring and handled them as humanely as possible.
    Thanks for the advice on the roos...thought maybe there was something wrong with them.
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:[​IMG] Agreed!

    I've had RIR, Cubalaya, Dark Cornish, and Ancona - all great, though the Dark Cornish meat tended to keep it's form when slow cooked rather than shread apart. Talk about some dark meat! YuM!
  7. paisleycj

    paisleycj In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2008
    I've read that the red colored meat on chickens can be from bruising just prior to processing, or not being bled out completely during processing. I've had it show up, and don't recall the meat tasting any different. I don't have the material in front of me, so I'm trusting my memory. [​IMG]
  8. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I still find it odd we have such a bias against dark meat in the US. I think it may be a result from the "eat lean white meat" health advice which started in the 1980's. Considering obesity and heart disease have continued to rise, I'm going to say that it's no the color of meat you eat but how much of it and waht the meat was fed (grain vs. grass fed).

    Now that I eat a lot of duck and goose, chicken thighs have become my favorite part. :0
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Red colored meat can be a result of blood not getting drained, but there's no problem in that other than supposedly it doesn't store as well. You can eat blood no problem. Mix about a half cup of water with a dash of salt, and bleed the bird into it. It will solidify and you cut it up and use it like tofu.
  10. red-hen

    red-hen Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Quote:I will gladly eat dark meat - duck - goose etc ... whole milk (lactose free), whole milk yogurt (home-made lactose free), whole eggs, butter and other real foods --- but I shun the crappy stuff like twinkies. I figure if a food has been eaten for centuries across the planet and I personally enjoy it it has a place in my diet - but I don't think twinkies and/or big macs have the same history. lol

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