It may seem silly to think that the type of method used in raising chickens can have an affect on the flavor of the meat but it certainly does. A free-range chicken not only leads a stress free life but also enjoys less disease and a great amount of exercise. They are fed quality food and are allowed regular natural sunlight.
In the United States, a chicken that has access to the outdoors is given a free range certification by the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service or FSIS. Since the wording for this certification is rather loose, you really should familiarize yourself with the chicken farm of choice and learn exactly how the chickens are raised.
In European countries, the European Union is far stricter in their certification of a free-range chicken by specifying types of open-air runs, shelter and drinking troughs. The amount of free-range chicken is also limited to an acre of ground, giving sufficient room for daily exercise.
A free range chicken and egg farm should always meet certain criteria. The land must have adequate outdoor shade, shelter, and sustainable vegetation. Housing must be clean and be well protected against predators. The flock should be given natural food in addition to vitamins and minerals. Free range chickens should never be given growth hormones or antibiotics. You can be sure that a facility is not producing free range chickens if you hear of mutilation of the chickens claws and beaks.
There are further restrictions on the kind of feed that free range chicken is fed because these birds do not grow as slowly as organic chickens do. Organic chicken may be thought of as the ultimate natural meat choice, but there is little difference between the quality of organic chicken meat compared to free range chicken meat.
However, you are able to tell the difference between the meat of other kinds of chickens and the meat of a free range chicken. Chickens that have access to a natural environment that includes dirt, grass, fresh air, sunshine, and filler free food enjoy a life long upbringing that is much more substantial than the upbringing of chickens that have no outside activity and are housed in cages.
People that consume free range chicken comment that the both the texture and taste of the meat is outstanding, and many note that many health issues are being addressed. A diet that includes free range chicken can make a difference to health conditions such as high blood pressure, weight control, heart conditions, and multiple sclerosis.
Free range chicken is an excellent source of vitamins and protein and is the best choice when preparing any poultry recipe for family or friends. Because free range chicken meat is premier to others kinds of chicken meat, you guests will immediately taste the difference.
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