Bell &Evans and Empire chicken...opinions, and tips on buying please :) [moved from Outer Boroughs]
Hot on the heels of asking where to buy fresh chicken in Queens, I now have some more specific questions if you don't mind. I just read a blog where a foodie ran taste tests on almost dozen different brands of chicken. He rated Bell & Evans and Empire brands the top two. Of course Bell & Evans is organic, which I appreciate if in fact it is better for my health. And Empire is Kosher, which means it is " brined" so to speak, making the chicken a bit juicier and tastier.
I'd like to try both brands and decide for myself. I'd also love to hear opinions from those of you familiar with both brands. And, if anyone can offer advice on where to find these brands anywhere in Queens at a reasonable price, I'd very much appreciate it. Thanks!
Bell & Evans chickens are free-range in letter only, not spirit. While they're better off than chickens raised in cramped pens, they are not literally free ranging outdoors. This may or may not be important to you as a consumer, but there's a big difference between what's called "free range", i.e. not in pens, and pasture raised, which is the natural way that chickens are meant to live. For my money, happy chickens with a diverse, natural diet taste a lot better than even the best of the mass-produced "free range" and "organic" chicken.
there's a difference between organic and free range--bell and evans has both. I buy bell and evans chicken (not organic--just reg free range) from Mitch at Metro Meats on Metropoli in Forest Hills, he's a helluva nice guy and always gives me FRESH chicken breasts on the bone--his prices are great, too. I go there and stock up my freezer. He can also supply organic anything if you buy in quantity. He can get the organic bell and evans turkey breast too. Empire chicken is gross in my opinion.
For where to find them, did you think to look at each companies' website?
For example, just plug your zip code at http://www.bellandevans.com/
Empire Kosher lists distributors.
You're better off posting this on General Chowhounding board in order to hear country-wide opinions on them.