Alli’s Stewing HensBy White Oak Pastures
Our leisurely ladies spend their days laying eggs, foraging, grazing, drinking, swallowing grit, roosting, and relaxing on our farm. Hens that get to peck around in the ground for grubs and insects will have higher levels of Vitamins A, E, and Omega Fatty Acids than hens that are caged or roam in dimly lit barns. That is the reason White Oak Pastures’ Stewing Hens should be first on your list when making stews, soups, chicken salad, and a limitless number of dishes for all occasions.
Stewing hens have an abundance of rich flavor which can be extracted by cooking the hens over low heat, submerged in liquids, spices, and herbs. They are not suited for fast preparations such as grilling because as the stewing hens’ muscles get older, they develop connective tissue. A long, slow, cook time with low heat and plenty of liquids is needed to break this tissue down; which, in turn, flavors the broth. With our pasture-raised hens and this recipe, you’ll be the talk of the town…..in a good way!Ingredients
- 1 White Oak Pastures Stewing Hen
- 3 bay leaves
- Himalayan salt
- black peppercorns
- 4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
This package contains 7 whole stewing hens, which have spent the last 2+ years laying eggs, so they are flavorful, with strong bones. Our stewing hens weigh 2 pounds each. Because of their diet and exercise, our birds are lean animals. You shouldn't expect an abundance of meat on these birds, as they are best used making a nutritious stock or broth!
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