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Grown for a minimum of 80 days, the traditional breed birds reared at Castlemead are free to roam grassy pastures and scratch about in the hedgerows expressing their natural behaviours and are fed an additive-free corn-rich diet. The result is a succulent free-range, slow-grown whole chicken with a wonderful depth of flavour.
Castlemead Farm says:
Our farm rears traditional free range chicken for the table, the birds are kept in small coloured sheds in the meadows and allowed to range free on herb rich pastures free from any pesticides. Small sheds means that our birds live their lives naturally and really do roam all over the fields, unlike mass production systems. We do not fence our chickens into the field as they go back into their sheds to roost at night and are protected from foxes when they need to be. During the day they get to scratch about in the bottom of hedgerows out of the sun or rain. The chickens are fed a maize rich additive free cereal from a local feed mill which is perfect for slower growing birds it also cuts down on food miles!
Minimum 3 days
Make the most of its superior taste and roast simply with lemon, thyme and rosemary for the perfect Sunday lunch. From humble pastry-topped pies to delicate Asian-salads, shred any leftovers into a versatile array of delicious dishes. Start by seasoning the skin for the bird with salt and pepper. To get a crispy skin the oven should be hot (between 180C-200C) to start for 20-30 minutes, after, place foil and roast for another 20-30 minutes, reduce the temperature to 160C-180C/320F-350F/Gas 3-4. The chicken is fully cooked when the juices run clear when the bird is pierced in the thigh with a skewer or fork. Due to the long life of the bird, the chicken requires longer and slower cooking times & temperatures then what you might expect from other birds. Rest for at least 10-20 minutes.