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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:58 pm 
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We will be knocking off a pheasant soon. I know that wild pheasants are hung for while after they are shot, before plucking etc...

Any idea if it is necessary for farmed pheasants?

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No idea. I know a lot of the "wild" pheasants shot in the UK are pretty close to farmed anyway--raised and fed in captivity, then when released they're still grain fed, then shot fairly young. I guess if you want to develop that gamey flavour you'd need to hang them for a while?


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Hi WABackyarder. We used to do this in New Zealand so I can help out here a little. I never did it myself..my hubby did of course..I was just in control of the cooking of the bird. We raised these pheasants from the egg under broody bantams and a lot of them were in a controlled release program we did on a few farms over there. We kept a couple of the birds for our own meat. Here's what we did.
We hung the bird by the neck in a cool spot..which in our place over there was in the garage with the doors shut but the windows open (flyscreened) so no cats or dogs could get to them. They hung there for about three to four days with all the head feather and the innards still in. This improves the flavour and the actual bird. If it's hot where you are..I'd hang for two days maximum i'd reckon.
We never plucked and dressed we just skinned them. I roasted in an oven bag as well.

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Thanks for the great info!

I think we will have to wait to winter to do the next ones so we can hang them properly.

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