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Anyone Cooking Capon for Christmas?

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blue2 Thu 06-Dec-12 18:14:02

I've discovered that they are about half the price of turkeys from the local butcher - £5.95 per kg instead of £11.95. I thought I might give it a go (and maybe... just maybe not tell anyone what it is!)

Have you ever cooked it? Any thoughts please!

Florin Thu 06-Dec-12 18:25:10

Depends haven't eaten capon but we keep chickens and do eat the males however they are uncastrated. Depends how old they are, the males that were more than a few months old we only used for coq au vin as they aren't as tender however a capon should be more tender. I am surprised you found them its quite rare in UK. Also if i was to eat it I would liked to know how it is a capon some are castrated which is fine however some are given hormone implants which I wouldn't be happy eating.

MerryKissMyArse Thu 06-Dec-12 18:31:08

I am not even sure exactly what a capon is, and how it differs from a turkey or a chicken, but my GPs always bought a capon for Christmas when I was little and it tasted fine to me. I don't think I have seen or heard of them for thirty years though. confused

Caerlaverock Thu 06-Dec-12 18:33:46

I did one 2 years ago, just cook like a turkey. Worth it not to have a mountain or turkey carcass looking at you on boxing day

blue2 Thu 06-Dec-12 19:27:31

I have Googled Capon to discover that they are either castrated manually (ouch) or chemically castrated. The butcher says they're Free Range, so not sure what that means!

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