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Old 11-28-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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I am curious as to what brand of chicken people are using for comps. I haven't gone down that road,,, yet. But I have noticed a significant difference between "Southern grown" and the local Draper valley, the latter being far superior to any other I have tried.
I recently bought a 6.5 lb Draper Valley roasting hen and couldn't believe how much more flavor it had than my usual cheapo chicken.
Are there comparable products down south? Is Lynden chicken available there? I
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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Kroger brand...
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:33 PM   #3
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My favorite is 2 lb. Tyson birds in a 2 pack. Cut them up myself. No. 2 choice is Smart Chicken.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:58 PM   #4
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I used smart chicken a good part of the year, then did a test cook against hy-vee brand country pride, side by side everyone liked the cheapo chicken .
Not that I do good in chicken though
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:11 PM   #5
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i've done extensive chicken testing.

perdue's "all natural" wins every time in taste, tenderness, and moisture.

for comps, that is.

otherwise, it's hard to beat a good bell and evans.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #6
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We always used Smart chicken this year...tried to find family packs (8 thighs) at least 3.5lbs - which wasn't always easy. Even then there was a fairly wide discrepancy in the sizes of the individual thighs. Usually only got 6 good trimmed thighs out of one family pack.

Oh and our results were great at the beginning of the year...not so much at the end of the year, and I don't think we changed anything.
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #7
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I cooked Miller Amish Country Poultry last year and it did well.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:49 AM   #8
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We used Draper Valley thighs and whole birds for the majority of our 2011 events because that is what our sponsor carries. We sucked at chicken this year.

I prefer Albertsons Family Pack Thighs, and the fattier, yellower and more hormones added the better for our Judges! Kroger and Safeway are next on the list - they are all Foster Farms B grade anyway.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:33 PM   #9
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Whoah! dude! is that what you been feedin us!
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We used Draper Valley thighs and whole birds for the majority of our 2011 events because that is what our sponsor carries. We sucked at chicken this year.

I prefer Albertsons Family Pack Thighs, and the fattier, yellower and more hormones added the better for our Judges! Kroger and Safeway are next on the list - they are all Foster Farms B grade anyway.
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