rigagirl

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last week we butchered 4 hens, i did what ever says on here let them rest 24 to 48 hrs. and i baked one tonight and it was tough. should i have not baked it? shake and bake maybe or just soup?
 

saddina

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Baking is dry heat, something you won't want to do with a bird that's not brined, or marinated. How old was the hen, what diet and exercize did it get before processing, these can all effect taste.
 

rigagirl

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they are just over a yr old. it was late in the day when we go to them and i had they left in the run all day. so how about a pressure cooker.
 

saddina

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Hmm 3 left? taco meat, coq au vin or enchladas, or really anything where you boil it. Basically you wanna wet cook it. Soup or Pot pie is good too.
 

wohneli

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If you can brine for 24 hours it will add a lot of moisture to the bird. Did you leave the skin on - it will help keep the bird moist.
You can cook in a covered casserole dish to help keep some of the moisture in also.
 

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