TJ's fresh whole chicken
I don't find the free range to be particularly better than the Nationals in taste. The Kosher of course, is pre-brined which is a plus. I have had problems with chickens that were already bad when I opened them on or even a day or two before the use by date. Me thinks that they're being left out on the loading dock for too long before making it to the case. I spoke about it to the manager and check the dates more carefully now.
I think the rocky junior is probably superior to the TJ's options, but not by much. I wish I could tell you that I've been able to find a meaningful taste difference between Foster Farms and TJ's pricier products but I can't.
I forget the name of the relatively small kosher chicken at TJ's but I was always annoyed at how poorly plucked it was.
re: Bob Brooks
I think that is just the nature of Kosher Chicken, badly plucked.
It's funny, I picked up one of those small Kosher Chickens (because it's hard to find them small at the grocery store) for our Home Cooking Homework (Will post about that soon) and it turned out wonderful! No problems with freshness and the plucking was fairly minor (Just glide your hands around the chicken and feel for hard bits) and as a girl slightly therapudic as now I think I'm the only girl in the world with a pair of Kitchen Tweezerman's... LOL!!