Roosters for the POT

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by christmaschicken, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. christmaschicken

    christmaschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    Christmas, Florida
    I have ended up with WAY TOO MANY Roosters from the ones I picked out in the Spring, I have one that is my Favorite that I am keeping. But the others have to go so I have been told to put em in the pot [​IMG] Can you eat Roosters?
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Of course you can!!!! roosters are chickens too! If they are older, they need to be slow cooked, as in stew,soups etc. My experience is when they are older, there is more flavour in your soup.
  3. Psittizen Shikkin

    Psittizen Shikkin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    Oroville, California
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    A great many of the birds at the store are roosters. They're just 6 week old roosters. (fast growing breed)

    As far as your home raised excess roos go, yes, of course you can.

    The breast meat is usually fairly tender even in an older roo, but not the rest. You can take out the breast to fry, (without the skin if it's leathery) then crock pot the rest and make BBQ sandwich meat, or dumplings, or whatever. I use a lot for burritos, enchiladas, etc. I love the flavor of the older birds, and the dark, rich broth. It stands up well to any seasoning.

    It helps to brine it before you cook it, by soaking the meat overnight in a brine solution. I use about a tablespoon of salt per gallon of water. An equal amount of sugar cuts the harshness of the salt.

    You can boil or crock pot a cut-up bird until tender, then arrange the pieces in a baking pan, and add BBQ sauce or some other sauce or gravy, and brown in the oven. It'll be delicious.

    They can also be pressure canned, and you'll have home canned chicken, which is so much better than that bland, mushy stuff from the store. Any pressure canning book will tell you how to do this.

    Enjoy your home-raised meat. With a little experience you'll find which methods of preparation suit your tastes the best.

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