Our heritage, free ranging poultry breeds are considered dual purpose birds: they are good for eggs and meat.
When a laying hen no longer produces what she was designed to do (abundant egg production) it’s time to convert her into a “Stewing Hen.”
Slow cooked (which is a must) for several hours in a stew or soup is worth it, though, because the flavor of the bird can be outstanding. They are a perfect excuse to make any stew or “ethnic” meal, such as a chicken in peanut sauce, or an Indian dish based on chicken. In a crock-pot, these hens make an absolutely wonderful meal when cooked until the meat falls right off the bone. Keep in mind that the juice makes an extremely flavorful broth for soups or other dishes, and should not be overlooked.
Chicken and dumplings or a pot of chicken soup.
Both come from a hen that has had time to grow into a very nice sized bird and has developed great tasting meat. Our Light Brahma Stewing Hensare now available. Quantities are limited. These whole Stewing Hens are $3 a pound. They have never had medications, antibiotics, been exposed to radiation, exposed to/treated with Trisodium Phosphate, fed steroids, chemicals, un-natural hormones, or other creepy things that are common in the poultry business. If you want a chicken, please call 413.625.2797 or email me. Thanks!