Originally Posted by Lukey25
Sorry to drag up an old post but I just bought some fresh chicken breasts from my local farm butcher for the first time and it has a very funky smell - I rung the farm shop who informed me that the smell is completely normal and common in fresh farm chicken as it hasn't gone through a de odour process like supermarkets use? My knowledge on this is pretty limited and I'm not one to generally chance it - hoping some one here might be informed on such a matter (that is informed on fresh farm chicken)
I'm sure it's fine. I don't know what the de-odor process is that you mention, but I buy much of my chicken direct from farms and it does have a somewhat different smell to it. This might sound a little gross, but to me it has more of a "fresh blood" kind of smell that I don't get from factory chicken. Farm chickens also tend to be a little more mature than most store birds, so they are just a tad bit more gamey.
Gamey and fresh is a completely different smell than rotten, and I think most people just need to learn to recognize it. Probably a lost art in this modern day and age of refrigeration where nothing is expected to have any odor to it.