Will my quail be tough now?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chefchick, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. chefchick

    chefchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bunch of cotournix quail that I have been putting off butchering, mostly because hubby and daughter have been so busy, and I am happy to pluck, gut, wash and cook, just not the actual killing. They are almost 5 mos old- will they be tough now? They are strictly grain fed, and housed in rabbit hutch type cages on hardware cloth flooring in their small runs.
     
  2. James Marie

    James Marie Out Of The Brooder

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    At that age they are considered Roasters...
    we sell Roasters as 5 ounces of dressed meat and above...from quails that are more than 12 weeks old....
    They should not be too tough....treat them as other types of roaster meats.....
    you will notice much more fat on the meat at that age...I have Chefs who will buy nothing else but roasters...they love the extra fat in the meat...
     
  3. chefchick

    chefchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks- Should I even try plucking or do you recommend skinning them? How many days do they need to rest before cooking? I would hate for them to be tough and dry after all of the work.
     

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