How Were Your Christmas Dinners?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Ruthster55, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Ruthster55

    Ruthster55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013

    This post is for everyone who harvested a bird from your own flock for Christmas dinner!! Describe the bird(s), how you prepared them, and what you and your guests thought of them!!

    I'll go first. I harvested a mixed-breed rooster plus a mixed-breed naked neck hen. Butchered using a knife across the jugular and cut into pieces after processing.

    Relaxed the pieces overnight in the fridge in milk with a bit of meat tenderizer. The milk was whole raw milk direct from a cow that is on the same propérty.

    Early Christmas morning, I pre-baked the pieces for about 30 minutes each. I then added them to water plus some fresh milk in a large pot and slow-cooked for 3.5 hours. An hour before we ate, I added potatoes and onions along with some spices.

    The people who ate the dinner are already experienced eaters of non-CornishX chicken. They told me they really liked the dinner and said that I had done a successful job in making the roo tender.

    The rooster was good and meaty. I thought the hen was rather scrawny.

    My own evaluation is that I could have cooked it just a tiny bit longer, 1/2 hour more perhaps, and used a few more spices.
  2. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 23, 2013
    Portland/Vancouver area
    New to chicken keeping, but your recipe sounds delish. I'm looking forward to being able to eat my own homegrown birds. [​IMG]
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