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Always outside on grass, with fresh air, sunshine, room to roam — this is truly pastured chicken. Always outside on grass, with fresh air, sunshine, room to roam — this is truly pastured chicken.

Pastured Raised Chicken

One family’s journey to better health

In 2012, Paul Greive and his family were fed up. They knew they needed to fix their health and heal their bodies from arthritis, excess fat, and allergies. In order to do that, they would need food they could trust completely, but finding it was no small task -- labels at the grocery store had become confusing beyond comprehension. "Cage free" meant little. "Free range" meant even less. They were at a loss. So... they bought 50 chicks.

With those 50 chicks, they started the aptly-named Pasturebird farm. From the start, Paul and the entire family knew they wanted to raise chickens exactly the way they were meant to live: outside, on grass, with sunshine and room to forage, and on locally-milled feed.

What they didn't know was just how many other people would get behind this thinking, too. By the time they harvested their first batch of pastured chickens, all 50 had been reserved, and a waiting list of 110 more families had appeared seemingly out of thin air. Apparently, there was a big demand for humanely raised, 100% outdoor chickens; the real-food community in Southern California totally embraced the farm. The rest, as they say, is history; and the intervening years have been spent refining and perfecting their passion: regenerative agriculture.

Common questions about your frozen chicken

Q: What does it mean that my chicken is "butterflied"? All that means is that the chicken has been split down the spine. Also known as "spatchcocked," butterflied chickens are great because they lie flat, and thus are easier to store and will cook more evenly. Even if you choose to cut away the spine, don't throw it away! It makes a great base for jus or nutrient-rich chicken stock.

Q: Will my chicken arrive frozen? Yes indeed!

Q: How much freezer space will I need for my chickens? Butterflied chickens take up a bit less space than their non-split counterparts, because they lie much flatter. You'll need approximately the following freezer space by volume:

For the 5-pack: 0.75 cubic ft

For the 3-pack: 0.45 cubic ft

Q: Are neck, gizzards, or other parts included? Neck, livers, gizzards, and feet are not included.

Q: How do I cook a butterflied chicken? Not to worry, it's quite simple. We've got a couple recipes to get you started, like this Oven-Roasted Butterflied Chicken Au Jus recipe. Or if you're grilling, give the Smoky Paprika-Grilled Butterflied Chicken recipe a try. Enjoy!

How to Spatchcock a Chicken

Surprisingly easy to do, this simple technique guarantees moist meat + crispy skin in about half the time it takes to roast a whole bird.

  1. Place the whole chicken breast-side down, so you’re looking at the back of the bird.
  2. Cut up either side of the backbone with a pair of sharp kitchen scissors.
  3. Once removed, lay the chicken breast side up, on a baking sheet, flattening it out.
  4. At this point, you can season and then roast at 425 degrees for 40 minutes (internal temp of 165 degrees).

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