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Three Simple Life Lessons From My Mennonite Grandmother

Three Simple Life Lessons From My Mennonite Grandmother

My family - a small group of Amish-Mennonites - left France and moved to upstate New York in the mid 1800s. They were looking for a remote location where they could re-establish their farms and escape religious persecution. 

By the time my grandmother - Catherine Widrick - was born, the community had been in place for 5 generations. 

Part 2: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

Part 2: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

In my last post I talked about my first, very failed, attempt at roasting a pastured chicken. If you haven't read it, I'll summarize - it was super tough.

What I learned is that roasted pastured poultry does best when it's roasted either 1) hot and fast or 2) low and slow.

I already gave you a slow-roast recipe that yields the most tender roasted bird I've ever eaten. BUT, that recipe slow roasts for the better part of a day!

Part 1: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

Part 1: Why is my roast pastured chicken tough and dry???

I was so excited. I had been wanting to switch to pastured chicken and finally I'd found a farmer I trusted.

I bought a chest freezer and 25 chickens. I had read so much about pastured chicken’s amazing flavor and health benefits. I couldn’t wait to try it!

Dreaming of the delicious meal ahead, I seasoned one of the chickens.