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Roast Chicken - does free range taste any better



 
 
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Old 13-12-2006, 12:15 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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Default Roast Chicken - does free range taste any better

Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.

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Old 13-12-2006, 12:57 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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Gareth wrote:

Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.


My neighbours used to have free range chickens. We bought eggs
form them and they gave us a few chickens. The eggs were great,
and the yolks were so bright that omelettes and scrambled eggs
made with them were orange. The chickens we cooked were
fantastic. There is a butcher shop down the road that sells free
range chickens. I am willing to spend the extra money on them
because I think they do taste a lot better.
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Old 13-12-2006, 01:13 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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Default Roast Chicken - does free range taste any better

Gareth wrote:
Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.


My experience is limited, too, and I still haven't settled on a brand
or vendor as "best" among those available around here. The better ones
I've tried do seem to have a tastier, more robust flavor. At least
enough so to warrant further trying. Not all the chickens packaged as
"free range" say that they are corn fed, though. Those marked "free
range" and "organic" do at least usually say that they don't feed them
animal byproducts. On the other hand, those marked "kosher" have not
necessarily been free range birds either. I suppose with all the
different labeling I should make an effort to be more systematic about
what I try but I haven't got to that point yet. -aem

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Old 13-12-2006, 01:25 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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aem said...

Gareth wrote:
Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.


My experience is limited, too, and I still haven't settled on a brand
or vendor as "best" among those available around here. The better ones
I've tried do seem to have a tastier, more robust flavor. At least
enough so to warrant further trying. Not all the chickens packaged as
"free range" say that they are corn fed, though. Those marked "free
range" and "organic" do at least usually say that they don't feed them
animal byproducts. On the other hand, those marked "kosher" have not
necessarily been free range birds either. I suppose with all the
different labeling I should make an effort to be more systematic about
what I try but I haven't got to that point yet. -aem



Recently, I had the same experience with buffalo. Free-range (marked
organic, no antibiotics and no hormones) tasted much better than grain-fed.
The grain-fed buffalo tasted like ordinary beef.

I'll have to try free-range chicken AND eggs.

Andy
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Old 13-12-2006, 01:27 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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Andy wrote:

Recently, I had the same experience with buffalo. Free-range (marked
organic, no antibiotics and no hormones) tasted much better than grain-fed.
The grain-fed buffalo tasted like ordinary beef.


Was it marked buffalo or bison? Just curious.

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Reg said...

Andy wrote:

Recently, I had the same experience with buffalo. Free-range (marked
organic, no antibiotics and no hormones) tasted much better than
grain-fed. The grain-fed buffalo tasted like ordinary beef.


Was it marked buffalo or bison? Just curious.



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(Gareth) asked:
Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any
better than a cheap chicken when roasted, or is it
purely a matter of animal welfare?
**From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference,
but I would be interested in what other people think.
Gareth
---------------------------------------------------- Never had free

range but once had amish chicken
& could the differnce, even b/f could tell after first
bite.


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Gareth wrote:
Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.

Gareth


They taste better for sure. My buddy's dad raised them when he retired.
We used to get chickens and eggs from him.
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Old 13-12-2006, 07:05 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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"Gareth" wrote in message
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Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a cheap chicken
when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I would be
interested in what other people think.

Gareth



This is actually a difficult question to answer in that all free range chickens are
not alike. Alot of brands claim to have free range chickens because they give the
birds a few extra feet to move around. But, if you can find *real* free range organic
fed chickens, there is a very notable difference in taste. If you can find someone
who raises chickens, even better.

Chickens that are raised properly and not mass produced have a deeper, richer flavor,
and everything you make with them tastes better for it.

kimberly

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Gareth wrote:

Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.

Gareth


Purely a matter of personal preference. I can't tell a difference
either, but I suspect there are some who can.
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Nexis wrote:
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Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a cheap chicken
when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I would be
interested in what other people think.


This is actually a difficult question to answer in that all free range chickens are
not alike. Alot of brands claim to have free range chickens because they give the
birds a few extra feet to move around.


Just extra feet, or are there extra legs attached to them as well?

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Old 13-12-2006, 11:38 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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Gareth wrote:
Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.

Gareth


I buy mainly free-range organic and IMO the meat is much more
flavorful.

-L.

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In article , Gareth wrote:
Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.


Free range chooks taste a *lot* better, but mostly because back in the
days when they were all you had, [grand-]mothers knew how to cook 'em!
(Nothing beats a chook roasted in a brown paper bag in a wood-fired
oven -- especially when it was only decapitated earlier on Sunday
morning to commence its preparation for a special Sunday dinner. :-)

Cheers, Phred.

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Default Roast Chicken - does free range taste any better

Gareth wrote on 12 Dec 2006 in rec.food.cooking

Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.

Gareth


Animal welfare? you're gonna kill, roast and eat the bird. I found both to
taste about the same. If you're concerned about it's welfare...buy it a
condo.
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Default Roast Chicken - does free range taste any better

In article ,
Gareth wrote:

Does a free range corn fed chicken actually taste any better than a
cheap chicken when roasted, or is it purely a matter of animal welfare?

From my limited experience, I can't really tell the difference, but I
would be interested in what other people think.

Gareth


Based on my personal experience, commercial free range chickens taste
the same.

Home grown? That's totally different......

Not sure why, could be the breed of the bird or the feed used, as well
as the age of said bird.
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