Salt and pepper

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by united, May 27, 2010.

  1. united

    united In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2010
    Is it true that by providing wild pepper plants and salinty plants on freerange meat birds , will actually make the chicken meat taste peppery and salty? Or it's just the liver that will taste peppery?
  2. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Mid Michigan
    Hmmmm......Interesting. Never thought about it. Hopefully someone will know.
  3. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    I'm going with no on that. If it were true, then you'd think they would normally taste like grass, or corn, or any of the other things they eat.
  4. united

    united In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2010
    pleaseeeeee [​IMG]. Or any links for help
  5. bucketgirl

    bucketgirl In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009
    Snohomish, WA
    There's a pretty strong anecdotal history of various types of animals tasting different based on regional diets.

    There is also a video about a foisgras producer that acheives lots of flavors in the liver, like you say, with a mix of plants and fruits that the geese have access too.

    I don't believe that you can salt your birds with high salinity plants. Animals seek homeostasis; if they ate something salty, they would drink enough water to flush their bodies out to a normal range of saltiness.

    Further, I think grass fed beef has a mildly grassy flavor, but grass is 100% of the beef's diet. A chicken eats a huge variety of things in the yard, but it's still only maybe 8-10% of their diet. The rest is made up in commercial feed or prepared diet, to support their accelerated growth.

    Some of the more famous specialty-diet meats (milk-fed poussin, acorn-fed ham) are animals that have a longer growth period than your average chicken, so considering the amount of feed consumed it seems to me the math works out better that some flavor from the feed will emerge in the meat in an older animal.

    That said, I maintain that my birds taste more "mineraly" than a grocery store bird. The fat tastes cleaner. But this is also due in part to a longer lifespan (12 weeks vs 6-8) and a pastured, free choice diet. They have rocks in their gizzards. Now that we are switching to a whole grain/fresh ground feed with actual recognizeable ingredients, I do expect a flavor difference because it represents a huge amount of the animal's diet.
  6. uhuh555

    uhuh555 Songster

    Oct 18, 2009
    Try feeding your meat birds each 1 teaspoonful of anise seed per day the last 2 weeks before processing. It adds a pleasant slightly sweet taste to the meat.
  7. united

    united In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2010
    thanks:thumbsup. I'm doing some research. Anise seed will definetly taste and chilli peppers for 2 months will also taste. As for salt, nothing can be done . They will drink more water to rinse their body to keep the salinty level constant.

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