I am going back to France end of May beginning of June. I will take a Co-op factory Farmed Chicken with me Fresh, and buy a locally reared Farm Chicken And dissect them side by side with photos.
I am issuing a challenge to Co-op :Jersey. Improve the quality of life of our chicken meat.
My Husband came home with two Co-op chickens for £7. Even the dog won’t lick the Chicken off my fingers. If I gave her a French Farm Chicken treat, I can assure you my fingers would be licked thoroughly and nibbled. There’s the difference. The dog knows!
This cheap Chicken I portioned and made up into different meals had more meat on it than usual. I will Explain.
Potioning the Chicken. Legs and Wings off first. There was a significant change in the joints. No distinct cartilage or sinews, but there was a distinct change in the quality of bone and the colour of it. They have had a more complet diet, but no excercise. These Chickens are from a tightly packed shed with no range of movement, or need for it.
The neck was more defined. This means it is able to reach upward. The pen is higher. They are reaching up to drink and stretch upwards. They do not have room to flap their wings or walk about. To any degree. However they are standing up. Their leg joints have developed, the meat is complete mush though. If not growth hormones and antibiotics, these cheap birds have no use of their bodies. They do not peck or scratch or flap their wings. Their wings are clipped as they have no extension on the wingtips.
The breast meat was complete mush. There was hardly any definition between the supreme and the breast. I took all four breasts off, and slipped out the supremes for another meal. I beat them lightly got out the sinew, which is new! At least I found a sinew! I will use this for a dish like a veal escalope. This cut will be two meals.
The four breasts were plumper, but no texture, and no muscle definition. And no colour. My French Chicken has a much more defined and coloured texture in the breast. It tastes like Chicken as well. So four Chicken Breasts. Two made en Pappilote except using the skin from the two breasts to wrap the one pair of breasts. A la Kiev with garlic butter frozen tubes inside where the supreme was. The meat was just falling apart in my hands. It was not meat, just pap.
Two breasts a la Kiev breadcrumbed. One for supper between two of us. I had one slice and could not eat it. My Husband had mine. I just found the meat disgustingly weak. No vitamins from sunshine.
No happy pecking squawking and flapping. Definitely no hanky panky. I would rather eat a scrawny free range egg hen than this poor bird. Gently poached, they are delicious.
I left the skin on the legs and wings and portioned them for roasts. An organic farm bird from my Shop in France would provide 4 meals from Legs and two From wings. The meat is delicious and filling. I simply can’t eat more of the French bird than a few mouthfuls. It is delicious, fulfilling and succulent. The Co-op bird I can’t eat because it tastes wrong. My brain says, ‘Don’t eat it’. Just eat the veg. I just eat a mouthful to look like I am joining in.
The Farmyard bird is like a game bird. I won’t single out the Co-op further. This 2 4 £7 bird deal is probably the best bones in a Chicken I have seen from a supermarket. The poor bird never got a life though. The texture and taste of it is just not Chicken. I would rather pay €25 for my bird in France and enjoy the few mouthfuls I eat, than this excuse for meat the Supermarkets give us. I see meat as an exceptionally good addition to my diet. Not a lot, but high quality and two or three times a week. I want it to be wonderfully tasty. I want to know when I dissect it it has had a wonderful life. I thank God for it. A French Chicken at €25 provides us with approximately 14 meal portions of high quality meat.
Two Co-op Chickens, Of approximately the same size as a French Chicken will also provide 14 meal portions. However the dog will not eat the Co-op chicken from my fingers. Fishy treat yes. Co-op Chicken... not interested. I think this says it all. I made it tasty.
I want to be able to buy Chicken that is tasty in Jersey.
My Husband bought the Chicken... He will be eating it.
I will follow this post up with the dissection challenge in about 5 weeks. In pictures!