The Saturday after Thanksgiving we spent the day with family, watching the Buckeyes fight a tough battle with their rivals. In the spirit of competition, Andy and Adam decided to go head to head with chicken. We brought one of our “meat chickens” (as Sally calls them) and Adam bought a $1/pound “mart grocery” special. We have a double beer can cooker, and so they guys prepared them the same way and set them on the grill. Below, on the left is Andy’s, and on the right is Adam’s.
The guys quickly got to work carving them.
At first look and taste, I remarked how Adam’s seemed juicier. Andy was quick to remind me that it says on the label that they are injected with a 12% saline solution. Oh. So I started comparing the meat. The mart-special seemed to melt in your mouth, but then I figured out that isn’t such a good thing, as it was more gummy. Now on to our chicken. The meat was moist and tender, and the amount of texture far surpassed that of the store bought bird.
I am now fully convinced that locally, farm raised chickens are far superior to that at the grocery. I hope that next year we are able to grow more to be able to sell to our friends and family- you will be able to tell the difference!