Great Big Ideas & Takeaways:
Processing your own birds is a lost art in our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combine it with new techniques. So that poultry processing once again becomes common knowledge in homes and communities:
- Discover the secrets to humanely, safely, sanitarily, and skillfully process your birds at home.
- Why the old, traditional way of processing is the worst and how it ruins the meat.
- How to get healthy, high-quality meat from your backyard flock.
- The nutritional differences of commercial meats vs. heritage breeds.
- The science & chemistry behind quality meat processing.
- Processing equipment that you have—or can easily make.
- Hand plucking made fun.
- Super simple evisceration & educational anatomy lesson.
- 2 ways to chill meat without affecting tenderness.
- HOME TRICKS: freezer packaging for long-term storage.
About The Speaker:
Patricia Foreman is a sustainable agricultural author, local foods activist, and popular speaker.
She, and her co-presenter, chicken celebrity Oprah Hen-Free, have presented workshops at major festivals and conferences across the US, including Mother Earth Fairs, Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festivals, Nourishing Traditions, and many others.
For over 4 years, Pat was the co-host of the daily Chicken Whisperer Talk Show. She is often interviewed on radio and TV shows, including NPR and CBS.
She has kept poultry for over 25 years, and has experience ranging from backyard flocks to owning and operating a small-scale farm with free range, organic layers, broilers and turkeys. The commercial operation included keeping breeder flocks, incubating eggs, pasturing poultry and finished processing.
She is the author of City Chicks, co-author of Chicken Tractor, Day Range Poultry, Backyard Market Gardening and A Tiny Home to Call Your Own.
Pat is also the developer of the Chickens and You Training Series leading to the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification.
QUESTION: Do you raise chickens for meat, eggs, or both? Do you process your own birds?