Taste of Store Chicken versus home grown chicken

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by aprice6, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. aprice6

    aprice6 In the Brooder

    Dec 1, 2007
    We butchered 20 cornish rocks and we want to know if you notice a difference in taste. This is our first time eating our own home grown chicken and the after taste is not good. Should we have marinated them, or fed them something different besides feed the last week before butchering??
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Ours had so much mor flavor, and were sweet. We feed them turkeys starter, then go to a flock raiser.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2007
  3. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    Ours was so much better than store bought. We fed ours chick starter then grower feed.

    Ours had no after taste at all. Have you eaten more than one? and they all have an after taste?
  4. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    i think the cornish cross taste watery,I dont care for them at all
  5. buckbeak

    buckbeak Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Morgantown, PA
    We love ours. Did you cool them for a day before freezing/cooking? I've heard that is very important, so that's what we did. How are you preparing them?
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I've not processed any of my own chicken (don't know if I have the courage yet) But a family member does, and gave us two - we've eaten one. I roasted it, and it was the best chicken ever! It was rather small, not much fat, but very very tasty and I haven't roasted a chicken in YEARS - I had to look up on the internet how to do it [​IMG]
    It really made me want to do my own - and have a freezer full!
  7. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i think the texture of chicken is tough the first day. next day better. good flavor, though.

    at the store, sometimes they are already infused with salt water or even a broth when you get them. maybe you like it better that way. try it different ways at home.
  8. I agree; was it on ALL the birds, or just the one you've had so far?

    What kind of an aftertaste was there? How did it taste? Bitter? Tallowy (like you have your tongue coated with not-quite-right fat?) Are you sure it was the TASTE, and not the TEXTURE?

    I am trying to think of what went wrong, because there should be NO aftertaste.

    The only thing I can think of (not likely, but it's the only thing that comes to mind) is that somehow was the gall bladder left on the liver, and they were left with the meat?

    Is it possible there was soap or disinfectant on the meat?
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    You did cut out the oil gland without puncturing it? If left in the meat will have an aftertaste.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If it was kind of bitter, were you sure that you got the gal badder out in one piece? I don't experience after taste from cornish or regular chickens.

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