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how old is too old to eat a japanese quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by yallapilko, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I wonder if you could help me.
    I would like to know what is the maximum age you can eat your Japanese Quail.
    Many thanks!
     
  2. Redoliveberry

    Redoliveberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are best at about 8-10 weeks, the older they get the tougher the meat. You can eat old birds, but they have to be prepared differently I guess. Boiled or stewed for a long time.
    Commercial producers butcher them at 6 weeks.
    I tried an 8 month old bird once and it was already pretty tough. Still edible though.
     
  3. underground chickenman

    underground chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unrefrigerated at room temperature: 3-4 hours, max
    Refrigerated: 5-7 days
    Frozen: 9-12 months if wrapped well

    UGCM
     
  4. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Redoliveberry - brilliant thanks! I had got no guidelines, but this will do - excellent!
    undergroundchickenman (great name!) - that was my next quesion... I was wondering how long I could keep them for too.
    So, it seems that they begin to get tough at around 8 months. That's really good to know. Thanks all!
     

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