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Try Pheasant This Fall

By Frances Flower, October 20, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Frances Flower
There’s a chill in the air, pumpkins are on display and Halloween is just around the corner, which means fall has arrived and it’s the perfect time to serve pheasant. While pheasant may not be on your regular shopping list, many people are surprised by its delightful flavor and enjoy this delicacy during the holiday season. Family-owned MacFarlane Pheasants has been a leader in pheasant production since 1929 when Kenneth MacFarlane formed MacFarlane Pheasant Farm on the outskirts of Janesville, Wisconsin. With the city growing to encompass the farm, they moved about 1 ½ miles south in 1953. Always a family business, Kenneth’s nephew, Bill MacFarlane, has been running the business since the mid-80s. MacFarlane has been a national supplier of pheasant for Whole Foods Market stores for over five years. MacFarlane raises domesticated pheasant in outdoor flight pens. The birds have room to roam and fly, giving a more intense poultry flavor without being too “gamey.” Birds are fed a vegetarian diet, without growth hormones or antibiotics. (Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising poultry.) A few pheasant facts:
  • Pheasants are native to Asia and were brought to the US in the late 1880s.
  • Pheasant meat is considered “earthy” in its flavor, so it pairs well with mushrooms and garlic. Also nice with sweet or fruity flavors as a glaze.
  • Braising is the traditional cooking method, but cooking on the grill or stove top works well too.
  • Brussels sprouts, squash and cabbage are great accompaniments.
Give pheasant a try this fall. Whether alongside or instead of your traditional turkey on the big day or for a special meal anytime this holiday season, pheasant makes a tasty alternative. Try this recipe for Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing or use pheasant in your favorite poultry dishes. MacFarlane provides these pheasant cooking tips and their own list of pheasant recipes. Have you ever tried pheasant? Got a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear about it.
Category: Meat




Brandon says ...
I've never eaten pheasant before, sounds interesting. I might have to try it some time in the near future. @BMBills6 from www.theyummybits.wordpress.com
10/20/2011 1:18:59 PM CDT
CarrieAnn says ...
Are these Pheasants sold fresh or frozen?
10/20/2011 1:29:06 PM CDT
Coral Bielecki says ...
Using pheasant to create ragu (meaty spaghetti sauce) is delicious, particularly with fennel seeds and/or sage. I ate it frequently in Italy, served over fresh pasta or polenta.
10/24/2011 10:52:52 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@CarrieAnn Luckily you should have your choice of both fresh and frozen Pheasant. However, our product offering differs from store to store due to sourcing, product travel, etc. SO, the best way to learn if your community Whole Foods Market carries fresh and frozen Pheasant is to reach out to them directly. I've included a link below that will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to discuss the Pheasant options with you. Happy hunting. :) http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/
10/28/2011 1:25:48 PM CDT