What am I doing wrong?

yotetrapper

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With tough ol chickens. I had to cull a year old rooster the other day, so I put him in a stock pot and simmered him for about three hours. Then I refridgerated him, still in the stock, and when I went to cut him up the next day I tried a piece of the breast meat and it was like chewing toothpicks! I spit it out it was so bad.

Can year old chickens be made edible? I have several more I need to cull so I'm wondering if I should even both cleaning them, or just compost them.
 

JennsPeeps

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Try:

1. a pressure cooker
2. making recipes that call for day-long cooking, such as coq au vin (the acid of the wine is a natural tenderizer)

Did you brine the roo before preparing?
 

yotetrapper

Songster
12 Years
May 3, 2007
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I soaked him in salt water for about 8 hours. How do you pressure cook a chicken? All I've ever used my pressure cooker for was canning.
 

shortcake1806

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I agree the pressure cooker works great for tough old birds. The crockpot can be great too. Long slow cooking works better.
 

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