Follow up to first slaughter

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Angelfishie, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Angelfishie

    Angelfishie Chirping

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    Well, Stewy took a nice hot soak today. I seasoned him generously with salt & pepper and placed him in a Dutch oven with celery, garlic and about 12 oz of white wine, covered, in the oven for 3 hours at 300 degrees (F). 20 minutes with the lid off to crisp up the skin. The flavor was amazing - like I remembered from childhood when grandma raised chickens.

    We were happy with the end result, though I think a lower temp would yield a better result- white meat dried out a bit, as did the first layer of meat on the legs. Otherwise it was delicious.

    I served it with maple roasted butternut squash from our garden. Quite pleasing to eat a “raised your own” meal.
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  2. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Crowing

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    That's great! :)
     
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  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Not sure how old he was but I cook them at 250 F, also covered. I cut mine into serving pieces, do not leave them whole, not sure if that would make a difference. I don't crisp them up either, not sure if that would have contributed to the dryness. So many different things to try. But you get to eat your "mistakes". :thumbsup Life is so unfair!
     
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  4. Kathy Sistare

    Kathy Sistare Chirping

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    I've been trying to convince the husband to raise meat birds. Was it worth it? I think we would still keep a few layers, but, our own fresh meat would be worth it. How much did they weigh? We just culled a couple of our layers, (they weren't laying) and they were only about 3 and a half pounds.
     
  5. Angelfishie

    Angelfishie Chirping

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    This was 4 lbs 2 oz dressed out. It was worth it, in my opinion. Many reasons: we know how the bird was raised and cared for, we know it was treated humanely, the flavor of the cooked bird was far above the quality/taste/flavor of grocery store birds, and there is a sense of satisfaction in the ability to provide a meal entirely from your own back yard.
     
  6. Morrigan

    Morrigan Free Ranging

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    :thumbsup

    Totally agree about it being worth it.
     
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  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Kinda depends on your goals and personal preferences. I like Angelfishie's reasons but they are not for everyone. Not everybody agrees that the flavor is better, especially if you want it to taste like the meat you buy at the store. You will pay more to raise them yourself than if you just bought the meat at the store, so if money is your only consideration it's not the most efficient way to go. If the other things are more important to you it could be worth it to you. It is worth it to me.
     
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