Grand Finale Finish Feed Mix: This quick, easy, and convenient feed mix (just add water) feeds your market poultry for the final 7-9 days before processing. It supports well-finished, fat-marbled, gourmet American Bresse poultry. Developed by Ambresse.com in conjunction with Ambresse Acres.
Your chicks have been lean mean foraging machines, but now they're teenagers. Each of your excess cockerels will meet its destiny soon - as a delicious gourmet feast.
It is time to finish them just before processing. So....
The finishing process includes a hedonist holiday for your birds, where they skip the gym and eat to their heart's content.
Before they go to that big Barn-in-the-Sky, Ambresse Acres gives their cockerels one last week or two of an all-you-can-eat, creamy-milky buffet.
It's the birds' final request favorite food, the last hurrah, the grand culinary finale. That is why we call it Grand Finale Feed.
It's worth it, for them and for us! Their journey to the freezer is a happy one, and, they provide us meals that are succulent and moist, bursting with flavor.
Grand Finale Feed Mix is incredibly easy and convenient to use! Your birds need finishing now, and they're hungry! No need to run about gathering and measuring ingredients. Just grab a package of Grand Finale mix! Add the specified amount of water, let it soak overnight, and then feed in the morning!
One 2-pound package will fully finish 1 (one) cockerel for a 7-9 day finishing regimen, or it will feed 7-9 cockerels for one day.
For the do-it-yourselfers:, we created a Grand Finale recipe card in electronic PDF format which is printable on extra-large 5"x7" recipe cards or as a single 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Use it to make your own finishing feed!
The practice of finishing French Bresse market birds is hundreds of years old.
Even today, in France, poultry that carry the "Bresse" name and logo are always finished. North Americans are conditioned to fear dietary fat; if this practice were genuinely damaging to human health, SOMEONE in the last five hundred plus years would have noticed SOMETHING.
I know that some, maybe a lot!, of North Americans will additionally have questions about the validity of grain-finishing chickens. I certainly did at first. We address this and other questions on our American Bresse Finishing FAQ page.
500+ years of positive dietary history give us confidence to continue the practice of finishing our American Bresse chickens.
Grand Finale Finish Feed is closely modeled after the French finishing practices and recipe. It effectively supports fat-marbling in our own Ambresse Acres meat birds, producing hefty and healthy hens and pullets, and rotund roosters, cockerels, and capons.
Grand Finale Feed (GFF) is very creamy and effective at finishing your poultry. Birds plump up quickly and their feathers become glossy and sleek.
While you can feed corn, wheat and milk to your meat birds and adequately finish them (and you will likely end up doing so if and when you can find the ingredients in your area), there are advantages to purchasing Ambresse's dry Grand Finale Finish Feed Mix (just add water):
Grand Finale Finish Feed Mix is effective and oh so convenient! Grab a package, add water, and feed those birds!! The convenience is comfortable, and stress-relieving.
It is likely to make your life easier as it has for us.
We think you will find good success with using GFF, just as we do. Our young cockerels are as plump and delicious as can be after just 7-8 days on the GFF. The wet poultry porridge is creamy; the birds love diving into it.
Grand Finale Finishing Mix from Ambresse Acres is made up of three food ingredients, balanced carefully according to the mix served in France to French Bresse market birds, along with a tablespoon of grit:
All grains are NON-GMO.
Whole Powdered Milk is ORGANIC.
Grit isn't an essential additive, but if your birds are confined in epinettes, the added grit may aid in digestion of the minimally processed grains.
First: Pour the dry Grand Finale Feed into a suitable large container and add water. At first, it looks very wet, as pictured here at right. But the longer the porridge soaks and the more the grains absorb the milky liquid, the more "porridge-like" the finish feed becomes.
Second: Allow to soak overnight. An overnight soaking time does not require refrigeration. The poultry porridge pictured at right has been soaking for 12 hours. The milk may or may not have fully absorbed, and there may be a creamy layer on top. Just stir it all together. The birds will enjoy all of it, including any extra milky liquid.
Third: Serve! Stirring relocates the cream throughout the grains. We've found that meat birds will scarf down more than a cup of porridge during each of the first couple days. But soon satiety sets in, and their appetites settle down to about a cup a day. Withhold all feed for 12 hours before processing.
Notes: One two-pound package of Grand Finale Finish Feed Mix feeds one American Bresse poultry for 7-9 days, enough to fully finish a cockerel according to French practices. GFF is intended as a sole feed ONLY during the final finishing period of life.
Grand Finale Finish Feed Mix is vacuum-packed in 2-pound packages. Order as many 2-pound packages as needed. If you need more than EIGHT of them, please contact us for bulk pricing and lowest shipping rates.
Single Serving Samples (4.4 oz) are also on offer, while the concept of finishing remains new.
Try a Single Serving Sample of Grand Finale Finish Feed!
See what you think: One sample package reconstitutes to 7.5 - 8 ounces, which feeds one typical young cockerel for twenty-four (24) hours.
Sample Price INCLUDES Shipping - Buy Now!
Is it worth it?!? Ohmygoodness. I made the meal pictured above, carefully following a French recipe. I browned, sauteed, chopped, mixed, poured, seasoned, stirred, and roasted a finished American Bresse cockerel in order to make some meals for my elderly mother.
I'll just say that at 93, my old mama still has active taste buds. It's been weeks, and she's still raving about the rich flavors, which were indeed exquisite. I told my husband I would happily pay the big bucks to eat that meal at a five-star restaurant.
The decision to finish, or not to finish, however, is completely yours. You won't ruin the poultry by not finishing. Just add a bit of schmaltz, and if the bird is older than around 17 weeks, cook it low and slow, for tenderness.
Well, there wasn't a need for finishing in North America before the American Bresse arrived. But now that interest in ABCs is soaring, people are scouring the internet for whatever the heck "finishing" means. I know I did.
Raising and finishing American Bresse chickens is a bit more complicated than a couple months of raising Cornish Cross. But more and more homesteaders are learning that there are major advantages to raising and finishing ABCs. (Fast growth, amazing taste, and poultry that aren't freaks of nature! Not to mention copious eggs and self-sufficiency.)
Learning the WHY quickly transitions to searches for the WHAT, the HOW, and the WHEN of finishing. And then comes the final learning curve - how to make the finishing feed, and how to feed it to one's chickens. The end result is gourmet poultry in your freezer and on your table. AND no regrets!
ABCs forage very well, giving them lots of nutrition and excellent muscle tone. They should feel quite meaty. The last brief season in their lives - gorging on finishing porridge - encourages fat-marbling in the meat for which the Bresse and American Bresse breeds are known and valued. Extra moisture and rich flavor results from that fat marbling, which makes the poultry a dream to cook. The meat is extra juicy and cooks consistently.
Finishing porridge is fed only for the duration of the finishing process, a week to a few weeks at most, depending on the poultry product. Coupled with dark and quiet quarters, the birds enjoy this rich and delicious chow. Give them as much as they care to eat!
Meals created from finished ABC poultry can be truly memorable. You may want to try recipe after recipe using the American Bresse birds that you've finished with Grand Finale Finish Feed! (We'll share our favorite recipes with you, and we'll drop a link here. Soon!)
To bring joy to your family feast, let your chickens gobble till they wobble.
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