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kwynn's birds Alaska

Songster
11 Years
Aug 6, 2008
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Kenai, Alaska
How would you want to cook a hen that is just over a year old? I read that light brahmas are dual purpose, and mine are 14 mos. old. would they be best in a stew/crockpot, or can I use them as roasting? (I actually picture them in a roasting pan with lots of stuffing)

I read that they have a tendancy toward fatness, and mine proved that true. They are huge...they hog the food, and they don't share. Plus they're getting mean about it. I really don't have the funds for just those two, plus my other 2 dozen chickens.

Last year i fried a hen that was over 2 years old...and was really disappointed, it was like chewing a rubber band...(what was i thinking?)

I have a few to process any way...also does/did any one else have the weight problem with their light brahmas?
 
Probibly to put em in the crockpot till the meat falls off the bone
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Older birds do best with very slow moist cooking methods, low heat for a long time with a good amount of liquid. They're supposed to be extremely flavorful, more than the young birds we're used to eating. Be sure also to let them rest in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before cooking. You may even want to soak them in brine or buttermilk too.
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