I tried to bake a hen and it flopped

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I tried to cook A hen today in the dutchoven and since it was in the farmers cooker it was a flop. So I finished it at 400f. Horray for me. nine

-- ninie (nine_fingers!@hotmail.com), January 25, 1999


practice makes perfect!

-- (anon@aa.com), January 25, 1999.

the bad thing about all of this is many people need information on how to cook it.


-- nine (nine_fingers@hotmail.om), January 25, 1999.

Nine, Were you trying to cook it over coals?

If so how many coals on top?


- Got rommen?

-- Greybear (graybear@home.com), January 25, 1999.

I'm not much of a cook - longer term reader may recall my thumb rule that if a recipe has more than 3 ingredients, it's considered cooking and is therefore too much effort to be useful - but I have noticed that a "flopping" bird usually indicates a bit too much life to stuff and then put in the oven.

I would recommend killing the bird first, removing any various parts and pieces you don't want to eat, and trying again.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), January 25, 1999.

Oh, I don't know, Robert, leaving the feathers on is SO much easier. And when (if?) they stop flopping, you know they're REALLY dead.

We're having big debates here about who is going to pluck the d*amn chickens. My 8-year old son has volunteered. Shows you who the macho guy is in our family.

-- BigDog (BigDog@duffer.com), January 25, 1999.

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-- Franklin Journier (ready4y2k@yahoo.com), January 25, 1999.

You know, you **really** don't have to pluck a chicken, a turkey or any feathered bird before cooking. And I don't mean cook 'em feathers and all either. Chickens and turkeys can be *skinned* using the same methods hunters use for game birds.

Look for a hunter's guide or cook book on how to do this little trick and you can save a lot of mess and effort that plucking involves.


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), January 25, 1999.

WildWeasel: Thanks for stating the obvious (at least in retrospect). I would've known to skin anything else, but somehow it never even occurred to me to skin a chicken rather than pluck it (even though i usually do that anyway before cooking it, doh!). It's amazing how sometimes the simplest, most obvious things don't occur until someone points them out:) Thanks for the tip.

-- Damian Solorzano (oggy1@webtv.net), January 26, 1999.

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