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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Heritage Chicken - Storage and Preparation
  • Keep our Heritage Chicken frozen.
  • Keeps for up to one year when frozen.
  • Your birds will arrive frozen, vacuum-sealed, and ready to go straight into the freezer.
  • Do NOT cut open the vacuum-sealed  bag until it's time to cook the bird.
Safe Defrosting

One-day-ahead method
Thaw your bird in the refrigerator. A typical frozen bird will take a full day to thaw.

Quick-thaw method
  • Submerge your vacuum-sealed Heritage Chicken in cold tap water, changing the water every 30 minutes.
  • An average chicken (3.25 lbs) should thaw completely within 2-3 hours.
Do not allow a thawed bird to sit at room temperature for more than 30 minutes before cooking.

Cutting and Cooking
You will find recipe links and videos under the Recipe tab on our Heritage Chicken product page.

After it is completely thawed, you should cook your bird within 2 days to maintain its freshness and quality.

Our chickens are shipped to you whole ... this video shows four ways to disassemble them.