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kosher certified murray's chickens at fairway-whole chicken $1.79/lb!

according to the NY Times, Fairway is selling kosher certified murray's chickens at fairway. Whole chicken are $1.79/lb and cut up chickens are $1.99/lb! Also they are kosher for Passover.

Murray's web site says the following:
Murray Bresky has been waking up with the chickens as long as he can remember. As a little boy, Murray was a keen observer at his father’s poultry business. In the early seventies, he took over at the helm and business has been thriving since.

By 1993, Murray’s love for chickens was matched only by that for his growing family. Concern over the food his children and grandchildren were eating motivated him to start Murray’s Chickens. Raised without the use of antibiotics, growth drugs or hormones, Murray’s Chickens have plenty of room to stretch their wings and access to fresh air and sunlight.

It didn’t surprise Murray: The bird that had the best living conditions, also had the best taste. The Certified Humane label acknowledges the humane manner in which all Murray’s Chickens are raised and handled. Consumers choose Murray’s Chickens for the unparalleled taste and low fat content of the signature breed. In fact, Murray’s was the first chicken to be certified as ‘Lean’ by the American Heart Association and is still the only chicken to be labeled ‘Lean’ by the USDA.

The NY times reported
Murray’s chickens have been among the better birds around. They’re raised locally without antibiotics in certified humane conditions. But until now they haven’t been kosher. In response to customer demand, Fairway has arranged to have some chickens processed in a glatt kosher plant in Rockland County. Kosher chickens tend to have more flavor because they have to be salted. Simply roasted, with a piece of the fat from the cavity parked on the breast to melt for basting, it’s a very tasty chicken. I added no seasoning.

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  1. I always wondered why they never got a hechscher. Always seemed like it should have.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      according to what ive seen theyre 0u

      has anyone tried them yet?

      1. re: shoelace

        Had it during Shabbat. It seemed to taste better than other chickens, but I wonder if it is true or just my imagination

        1. re: jeffrosenbaum

          Next week, roast two, get your wife ot blindfold you, and let us know how the taste test turns out.

          1. re: AdinaA

            Don't be such a sexist. I cooked it myself. However, I certainly await your results.

            1. re: jeffrosenbaum

              whered you get em, im gonna be out in melville tomorrow morning, maybe ill pop in to fairway in plainview on my way home?

              1. re: shoelace

                It was unclear to me if they were available in Plainview or just in the places featured in the ad (Scarsdale, Stamford and Manhatttan) . If you stop in Plainview , please let us know.

                1. re: susiejane

                  got at plainview today, will check pelham tomorrow

                  got a cut up chicken and a whole, used cut up tonight, it was delicious, i pamed it and then put on salt and fresh ground pepper and then just broiled it, nothing fancy, but it had just a richer taste, i dont know how to explain it, it was delicious and moist without being fatty, and i had the white meat tonight, which im usually not so in to
                  the skin also crisped up nicely, which does not always happen

                  i will definitely get some for shabbat and pesach if they have at pelham

                  excuse the babbling nature of the post, its been a long day

                  1. re: susiejane

                    They are available in Redhook too. I bought some this past weekend.

                2. re: jeffrosenbaum

                  Adina was saying that your wife should blindfold you, not cook the chicken.

        2. I bought the chickens at the Paramus store. They are wonderful. Roast them in a 425 oven, with a piece of foil on top of the breast, for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and finish them at 375. Roast until skin is crispy, baste from time to time. Use dried sage, rosemary, sliced onion and chopped garlic. Maybe 1 cup dry white wine.

          There really is a difference.

          1. Is the kosher version under the OU? I'm not seeing it listed on the OU's site.

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            1. re: queenscook

              Fariway sells a lot of OU products, but they also produce food under local supervision; their bakery, for example, is under Rav Marmorstein.

              1. re: AdinaA

                Yes, but Shoelace above said he/she thinks they are OU. I'm just wondering what their actual hechsher is.

                1. re: queenscook

                  The kosher Fairway chickens are OU-certified. They also have Kiryas Joel certification.

                  1. re: craigcep

                    Looks like competition is working here - Paramus Wholefoods advertised a sale this week of Kosher Valley OU chicken for $1.79lb.

                    1. re: jdh11

                      There was an ad in the Jewish Week about that. It's a WF-wide promotion.

                      1. re: craigcep

                        they are ou

                        just saw them this week, still with the ou on them

                        they are not, however, still on sale

                        sad i didnt get a dozen chickens

                2. re: AdinaA

                  the bakery is no longer under only marmorstein at some of the fairways, theyre slowly rolling out kof k at the stores one at a time,

                  http://www.koshertoday.com/05-14-2012...

                  when this news first went out (it was in some magazine that i picked up over pesach at seasons in queens) i spoke to someone at the the kof k and asked is it happening slowly bc corrections are being made and theyre wheeling out new rules or bc theyre just taking the time to slowly staff the stores, and he said that their inspection led them to see that existing standards were such that they could begin to become involved in the hashgacha as they slowly rolled out staff

                  1. re: shoelace

                    I believe the reason for the addition of the Kof-K is because as Fairway expands, less of its market knows who R' Marmorstein is. Therefore, Fairway need a hashgacha that people in Stamford, Plainview, NJ, etc. can recognize. I wonder if there will be any changes besides the new symbol on the products.

                    At the Fairway in Stamford, the meat is all dually labeled by Marmorstein and the Vaad of Fairfield County.

                    1. re: craigcep

                      that reason definitely makes sense,

                      supposedly, in addition to the new hashgacha will be more catering to the ksoher public, specifically involving actual catering, im told they started in paramus, but will be bringing it to douglaston next and then other stores

                      all i can say right now is that no chicken beats the murrays chicken, they have ou- fairway branded hotdogs that are delicious (though kinda pricey) and their ribsteaks and short ribs are better than any ive bought elsewhere and this is given the fact that i can get short-ribs on main street pretty consistently for like half the price now that seasons and arons are competing, no question is it worth the price difference

              2. There is no such thing as a glatt kosher chicken. http://www.kashrut.com/articles/glatt/ Except for a small group of Jews, prior to the 1970's, there was no such thing as glatt kosher beef. Indeed, when it was in business, Agriprocessors sold a separate line of beef which was kosher, but not glatt kosher.

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                1. re: iris

                  The grandmother of a friend of mine once remarked (facetiously) , that what made beef Glatt kosher is that they made the cows wear Tzitzis. The sentiment is perfect. I once heard a interesting joke that said that in the world to come, Hashem would invite all the Jews to a sumptuous seudah,
                  but some refused to go because they didn't trust his hashgacha.