Six 2.5-3lb birds (Approx. 15lbs Total)
Pheasants are elegant, delicious birds that have been a prime choice for banquets and royalty in Europe since their introduction from China in the Middle Ages. Their lean, tender meat is chicken-esque, but more flavorful and succulent.
Air chilling (as opposed to the cheaper and more common industrial water chilling) pheasants is a more environmentally sound process that generates less waste and further improves the flavor and texture of the bird (water chilled birds absorb undesirable water during the chilling process).
Store whole pheasants frozen until you need them, then defrost completely before cooking.
RECIPES & TIPS
Pheasants are often brined or barded (wrapped with bacon or pancetta) prior to roasting, or basted while roasting to give them more richness and help keep them moist. Pair them with chicken-friendly ingredients like thyme, garlic, potatoes and wild mushrooms.