What is young Rooster meat good for?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by leasmom, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. leasmom

    leasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four roosters who aren't even three months old that are crowing and so they've been in the house for several days now and will be processed on Thursday. What will they're meat be good for?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Fried Chicken - for the youngest
    Chicken and Dumplings
    Chicken Stew
    Chicken and Rice
    Etc.

    Anything you want but they might be a little tough and thin for just roasting.
     
  3. leasmom

    leasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So they are better for frying or stewing.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Under 12 weeks and you should have wonderful fried chicken.
     
  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    If they are not meat type birds, for stewing. If they are regular birds, there won't be much meat at 12 weeks.
     
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  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That is why they are 'fryers'.

    All the hatcheries that sell their frying pan specials are simply cockerals intended to be dispatched before 12 weeks before they start to toughen up.

    A roaster (broiler/meat bird) and a fryer are not equal.

    If you have ever grown out a broiler you will see the breast is too thick to properly home deep fry. Thin breasted cockerals are the very best for fried chicken.

    Also, a roaster (broiler/meat bird) is not the best choice for BBQ on the grill either.
     
  7. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We processed 2 RIR roosters at 12 weeks. Not much meat but they made a great gumbo. I really don't like to fry chicken I make a big mess.

    Susan
     
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  8. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roo and dumplings gets my vote every time.

    Here rooster. Here boy.
     
  9. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Next year I plan on butchering a bunch of roos at 12 weeks specifically for fried chicken. [​IMG]
     
  10. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to skin it, cut it up and boil it with bouquet garni herbs, leek, onion, lots of garlic, white and black peppercorns, celery and carrot, no salt. It makes an awesome broth and the boiled chicken can be used for so many dishes. The omission of salt is important, since you'll be adding salt to the individual dishes.
     

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