Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pamora Farm Free Range Chicken

Truth be told, good ol' free-range chickens, I only get to have a taste of whenever we visit the province.     There is a huge difference in its taste than our usual commercial chicken. Some weeks back, we got introduced to Pamora Farm's free-range chicken and met with its founders Gerard Pappillon and his Filipina wife, Tina Morados.


Pamora Farm is located in Abra. It was interesting how a French businessman would choose the hard road of breeding free-range chicken than the easy route of importing them like every other brand would. Good for us that we get to have that better alternative to a healthier diet. We all know too well how commercial brand chicken get their doses of antibiotics and growth-boosting medications. It would really be nice for our family to go to Abra sometime and swing by Pamora Farm. 

Some questions I had answered during our introduction to Pamora Farm products:

What is Free-range Chicken? 
Free-range chickens are slow growth chickens that are grown using the method of farming husbandry where the birds are permitted to roam freely instead of being contained in any manner. Its principle is to allow the chickens to as much freedom as possible to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way. 

How long it takes to raise a free-range chicken? 

Free-range chickens are grown for longer period, minimum 81 days, in a range or barnyard in the farm. These chickens are set out of their shelter to live freely to roam around the field, foraging for natural foods, scratching the ground for insects and whatever vegetation are available for them. 

What are the differences between commercial chicken and the free-range chicken? 

The difference is the quality. Free-range chickens are not confined and crammed together in cages. They are grown the natural way chicken should be, not forced to grow super-fast, so the meat of Free-range chicken is of better quality, firm and lean meat.

Preservative-free Pamora Farm Pate Variants

I have always loved pates for bread spreads. I think Filipinos have a special knack for this. My favorites from amongst this bunch are the Chicken Breast Pate and the Chicken, Liver & Gizzard Pate. 

This Roasted Pamora Farm Coquelet only had salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic. Apparently, Pamora Farm free-range chickens do not need a lot of marinating and getting spiced all too much. Primarily because these naturally-bred birds are tastier than their antibiotic-injected counterparts. 

I tasted this for myself and found this to be true. We have been cooking and eating Pamora Farm chicken since and I found out I don't have to be in the province to get a taste of this kind of chicken. 

And I have not started with Pamora Farm's free-range chicken burger yet. It definitely is the best chicken burger my family and I have tasted to date. We will have to buy a bunch of this the next time we swing by Santis.

Pamora Farm chickens, eggs and pâté products are available at Santis Delicatessen, Terry Selections, Rustan’s Supermarket, Shopwise, Metro Market! Market!, RFI Farm Outlet (Holy Spirit, QC), Joji Berry (Crossroad 77 Mother Ignacia, QC), NCCC – Davao, Champetre restaurant (BGC), Brasserie Ciçou (Greenhills), Resorts World Manila, Ilustrado Restaurant (Intramuros), El Nido Resorts, Amanpulo, Saturday Market, Ayala Alabang Village and Golden Acres Farm, Inc. (distributor).