Oh, Those Texas Free Rangers

Some find that oven roasting the Big Fat Hen produces a bit too “textured” of a bird for their liking. Keep in mind that your bird is an active, healthy and muscular grass-hopper chasing, clover-seeking free range bird and therefore may need a slower cooking method. If this is a problem for you, it is easily resolved. Use a low-and-slow cooking method instead of oven roasting. Cut the bird in half and put it either in your slow cooker or dutch oven. Daughter Elizabeth tried this recently with “astoundingly great results” (her words). Tender, moist, full of flavor. (Include in your pot onions, garlic, rosemary, potatoes, carrots, etc. as you like but add these later in the cooking process to avoid over-cooking them).

JVF