Food Hacks
Chef shares brilliant method for trussing Cornish game hens without string or twine
This is a quick tip every home cook will love and it works just as well for chicken too.
Ma Fatima Garcia
03.10.22

Do you love roasted chicken?

Who wouldn’t? Each family has its secret recipe for that delectable and juicy roasted chicken that everyone loves.

One of the most common and well-loved roasted chickens is the Cornish game hen.

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If Cornish game hens are your favorite choice of chicken, then you’ll love this food hack that we have for you.

There are many ways and styles on how you can truss your chicken, but did you know that you can do it without using a string?

Nothing but the bird

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Chicken vs. Cornish hen

According to FoodsGuy:

“The obvious difference when it comes to chicken vs. Cornish hen is the size of the bird. Most chickens weigh about twice as much as a Cornish hen and will have been left to mature and grow for twice as long.”

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They are harvested and sold at around 4-5 weeks old.

That’s why they’re so tender and juicy.

Another thing to note about Cornish game hen is that they are served as an individual portion.

Cornish game hens are roasted and served with side dishes. It’s a well-loved meal that you will definitely enjoy.

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YouTube Screenshot / Blue Apron

Texture and nutrition

We can already harvest Cornish game hens at a young age. This means that their meat is more tender and has less fat.

Many people prefer this type of bird for roasting because of its taste, texture, and nutrition.

Who wouldn’t appreciate such delicious and healthy meat?

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YouTube Screenshot / Blue Apron

Blue Apron saves the day

YouTube channel Blue Apron posted a video showing how you can truss a Cornish Game hen without any string or twine.

It would be fun to be able to prepare this delicious meat for roasting in no time.

You’ll only need a knife for this method.

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YouTube Screenshot / Blue Apron

Trussing a cornish hen without twine

  1. Take your small knife. Using this knife, make a little hole on the chicken’s flap of skin surrounding the cavity. Be sure to do it slowly since we don’t want you hurting yourself.
  2. Don’t make the hole too big. This food hack will not work once the hole becomes too big, so it’s better to start small. Do the same on the other end.
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YouTube Screenshot / Blue Apron
  1. Use your finger to poke the correct size of the hole that we will need. Again, do the same on the other end.
  2. Insert the end of one drumstick through the hole of the opposite side of the bird. Do the same on the other drumstick.
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YouTube Screenshot / Blue Apron
  1. Do you see where this is going now? We no longer need a twine to prepare this tender bird for roasting. Each drumstick has been tucked neatly and securely under its own skin. Brilliant, right?
  2. Lastly, fold the bird’s wings under itself, and that’s it!
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YouTube Screenshot / Blue Apron

You can never go wrong with this one. Just make sure that you don’t make the hole too big.

See the full tutorial in the video below!

Happy roasting!

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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