"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Chicken, Turkey & other Fowl
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-21-2008, 11:00 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 21
Is organic chicken better than regular chicken?

So do you think so?

__________________

__________________
http://www.cookskills.com - Share recipes with step by step photo instructions.
MilKii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 04:29 AM   #2
Executive Chef
 
redkitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 3,200
If it's organic free-range chicken it means the chickens are allowed to roam free and are not stuffed into cages. Battery chicken farms are far more inhumane, which is where most chicken purchased in stores comes from.

As far as taste goes, I'm pretty sure you would not notice anything different between organic and non organic chicken, I could be wrong though! I don't eat chicken anymore but when I did I always bought organic free range.

Some good reading on organic food Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious? - MayoClinic.com
I found this article on organic chicken Chicken
__________________

__________________
Accentuate the positives, medicate the negatives ~ Amy Sedaris
redkitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 04:56 AM   #3
Senior Cook
 
Ask-A-Butcher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ft. Myers, Fl
Posts: 345
You may want to consider an "air chilled" chicken. I've done a side by side comparison and there is a definite taste difference. Both were seasoned and cooked the same way and the "air chilled" tasted more like the chicken that I grew up with on the farm.

These chickens are fed a vegetable grain diet. They have not been given any chemicals, hormones, or antibiotics. They are killed, hand plucked and gutted. Then hung up and spray rinsed and air dried or chilled. They don't come in contact with water again.

A little more on the Air Chilling process……during the traditional water-chilling process, chickens are slaughtered, cleaned, inspected, and the carcasses are immersed in often-chlorinated water below 40° F. The chickens are moved by paddles through the chill tank from 45 minutes to an hour to bring down their internal temperature to 40° F. After the optimum temperature is reached, the birds are pushed out of the tank and onto a shake table — and then to a drip line to shed excess water that was absorbed during the cooling process. Finally, the chickens are either packed whole or cut up into pieces.

In air chilling, chickens are suspended or sent by conveyor through two large chilling chambers and blasted with icy air. The first chamber reduces about 75 percent of the bird’s heat. The second chamber balances the 32° F to 34° F degree range.

A study by the University of Nebraska relays that air-chilled chicken have bacteria counts up to 80-percent lower than water-chilled chickens, extending its shelf life. Water-chilled chicken has whiter skin and a juicier flesh; air-chilled chicken has creamy-looking skin, a firmer texture, and shrinks less when cooked. Both chickens contain the same nutritional value.

These ‘Air Chilled’ chickens can be found in the Southeast at Publix supermarkets under their “GreenWise” private label.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Ask-A-Butcher

"Culture is what your butcher would have if he were a surgeon."
Mary Pettibone Poole
Ask-A-Butcher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 12:06 PM   #4
Head Chef
 
DramaQueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 1,347
I love roast chicken and make it often, but I buy Foster Farms from the supermarket. A couple of weeks ago I thought I would try an organic chicken from Whole Foods, (paid 15.00 for it, am I nuts or what?) and I have to tell you it was the most tasteless, bland chicken I've ever made. I have no idea why, but will never buy organic chicken again.
I had dinner at a friend's house not too long ago and she is organic crazy. They threw some organic steaks on the grill, and the steak was a total waste. She admitted that the steaks have little flavor but she is into organic for health reasons.
You know what? I will continue to buy "unhealthy" chickens and steaks.
__________________
Visit my blogsite: Chew On This
DramaQueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 12:20 PM   #5
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Middletown, Maryland
Posts: 18
Send a message via AIM to rmalik23
I don't know what you mean by "better". But, organic chickens are raised naturally. That means, they don't have any steroids or hormones pumped into them. Like Ask-A-Butcher said, nutritional value is the same, so it really depends on opinion.
__________________
rmalik23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 12:37 PM   #6
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,918
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmalik23 View Post
I don't know what you mean by "better". But, organic chickens are raised naturally. That means, they don't have any steroids or hormones pumped into them. Like Ask-A-Butcher said, nutritional value is the same, so it really depends on opinion.
FYI, it has been illegal for decades in the U.S., Canada and Europe to add hormones to poultry:
Don't Eat Chicken Wings! - Netlore Archive
Focus On: Chicken
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 01:42 PM   #7
Executive Chef
 
miniman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Basingstoke, England
Posts: 4,687
I think it is very difficult - I've come across really poor tasting organic meat & great ordinary meat. They still need to be raised in a good way and be fed good quality food. Some farmers still do organic in a cheap way.

I look for free range rather than organic - for one there is much more meat on the bird and it is better textured IMHO. We have a local farm shop that sells their own free range chickens which are really great. This farm does not want to be organic but rather look to raise animals traditionally (rather than intensive). Their meat is great and we get 90% of our meat from them.
__________________
miniman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2008, 08:47 PM   #8
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Middletown, Maryland
Posts: 18
Send a message via AIM to rmalik23
Quote:
Originally Posted by GotGarlic View Post
FYI, it has been illegal for decades in the U.S., Canada and Europe to add hormones to poultry:
Just because it's illegal, doesn't mean people don't do it. Too much chicken is processed for the goverment to check it all throughly.
__________________

__________________
rmalik23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.