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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by halo, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    For the past couple of weeks Ive been putting my Cornish X in the freezer. I just skinned them, parted them out, and put either white meat in a bag, or quarters in a bag. I had one bird left over that I did on Sunday, so rather than freeze it, I baked it. Full breast, 2 quarters, seasoned with poultry seasoning, and baked at 325 for 2 hours. Oh my goodness. They turned out so tender, and the broth was wonderful. I didnt even think there would be that much, since I skinned them, but there was. Such a good flavor to the meat, now I realize how tasteless the store bought chicken was.

    I took all the meat off, and put it in a bowl, for chicken quesadillas.

    It was so worth getting these birds and raising them. I really can't believe the difference. I will definitely do it again in the fall.
     
  2. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We did our first 50 Freedom Rangers and left the skin on, but we feel the same way as you do!
     
  3. tigercreek

    tigercreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    I did a 9 1/2 pound rooster recently the traditional way - plucked and roasted whole. Great flavor, but not very tender. It was under cooked though. I have been reading about resting in the refridge for a few days because of rigormortis. Did/do you rest after processing and if so, how long? .....stan
     
  4. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, yes - PLEASE let them rest in the fridge for at least 24 hours! I lightly cover the carcass(es) with wax paper, and leave it alone for two to three days, then rinse well and cook or freeze.

    Just my opinion, but I prefer to cook big ol' roos like that with moist heat (soups, stews, and chili). The crock pot is your friend! [​IMG]
     
  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I let mine sit in the fridge for 48 before putting in the freezer.
     
  6. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Can't wait for slaughter day.
     
  7. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We ended up resting ours for 6 days before freezing, longer than intended but the oversized roosters turned out perfectly! We experimented the night of processing and roasted up a fresh bird that hadn't been rested, very tough. Rested = tender!
     
  8. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been resting mine for 3 days before they go in the freezer, then another day when I take them out to cook. So much better than store bought.
     

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